Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees
(Kathy Willens / AP)

The New York Yankees slugger was removed from his rehab assignment with High-A Tampa, delaying his awaited return to the Bronx.

It would appear that no level of baseball is safe for the big names of the New York Yankees.

The team announced on Wednesday that they would remove outfielder Giancarlo Stanton from his rehab assignment with High-A Tampa. Stanton has played just three major league games this season, as he as battle multiple ailments.

Stanton partook in one game with the Tampa Tarpons. He went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Monday’s 9-2 win over Atlanta affiliate Florida. Yankees manager Aaron Boone called Stanton’s new injury “a mild strain of the left calf” according to reports from SNY.

The same report mentioned the injury was likely sustained when he was hit by a pitch in a batting practice session last week. Stanton was expected to play in Tuesday’s Tampa game, but was scratched from the lineup. There was hope he could’ve returned for the Yankees’ return to The Bronx on Monday for the start of their interleague set against San Diego.


Stanton was originally placed on the team’s injured list on April 1 with a biceps strain. A left shoulder strain sidelined him further. Boone, speaking with reporters prior to Wednesday night’s game in Baltimore, said Stanton will be shut down for the next 7-10 days. The slugger will not be eligible for another rehab opportunity for another 20 days.

The Yankees did receive some good news on the injury front. Per YES Network clubhouse reporter Meredith Marakovits, starting pitcher James Paxton (knee) enjoyed another successful bullpen session and will head to Tampa to throw a simulated game on Friday.

Marakovits also reported that fellow starter Masahiro Tanaka “felt fine” after throwing and running. Tanaka (shin contusion) remains the scheduled starter for tomorrow’s series finale against the Orioles (12:35 p.m. ET, YES) despite taking a line drive to the ankle in Saturday’s loss to Tampa Bay.

The Yankees will conclude a seven-game road trip with a holiday weekend series against the Kansas City Royals.

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