Giancarlo Stanton
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Giancarlo Stanton’s latest setback is scary news for the New York Yankees. Despite the winning streak, they still need Stanton’s bat.

Even the New York Yankees who are making progress are suffering setbacks in other areas. First, it was Luis Severino. Next, it was Dellin Betances. Now, it’s Giancarlo Stanton.

It’s always tough when a player is working his way back to the field, but a new issue arises during rehab. Such is the case for Stanton who originally went on the IL with a bicep strain but is now dealing with a shoulder issue. Yankees manager Aaron Boone gave some details on the new issue but was somewhat vague about a timeline for a return.

“He’s basically completely healed from the bicep,” Boone said. “He’s had some residual stuff going on with his shoulder. So he actually got a shot while he was here in his shoulder a couple days ago. So he’s in day two or three now of not swinging for a few days.”

Boone also said that Stanton will remain in California to rehab, but rejoin the Yanks when the team travels to Arizona on Tuesday, April 30. At that point, he’ll start “ramping up” his swinging.

Obviously, this isn’t good news for the Yanks who have dealt with an unbelievable amount of injuries in the early going of the 2019 season. Injury woes are nothing new for Stanton in his career. He dealt with a slew of injuries early in his career.

However, Stanton played in 159 and 158 games in 2017 and 2018 respectively. After missing 21 games already in 2019, he’ll fall well short of both those marks this season.

Regardless, the Yankees are winning games during this west coast road swing. The Bronx Bombers will look to sweep their four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday when Masahiro Tanaka takes the mound.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.