Giancarlo Stanton
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New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is taking the next steps towards an eventual return from injury.

Good news for New York Yankees fans. A former National League MVP is inching towards a return.

On Wednesday, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reported that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will travel to Tampa and receive live at-bats this coming weekend. Stanton will spend time with the Class-A Tampa Tarpons. Yankees skipper Aaron Boone also noted that Stanton is gaining some “momentum” when it comes to his eventual return.

Stanton has only played in nine games this season, having dealt with bicep, shoulder, quad, and knee injuries. He’s had 31 at-bats (38 plate appearances) with one home run, seven RBIs, and a .290/.421/.419 slash line.

If the Bombers could get Stanton back into the lineup before the end of the regular season, he would be a big bat to have heading into the American League postseason. New York is currently the best team in the majors with a 91-49 record. They lead the AL East division by 9.5 games over the second place-Tampa Bay Rays.

The veteran outfielder hasn’t played since June 25. He went 1-for-1 with a single in a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in that game.

The Yankees are in the midst of a six-game homestand. After finishing out the set of games at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers, they’ll embark on a 10-game road trip. The slate of games outside of the Bronx will include a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox, a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers, and a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.