The specter of Stanton hitting the IL is worrying for the Yankees and their fans, given that the 31-year-old has been sidelined by injuries so often throughout his career, and particularly his tenure. in the Bronx. A variety of leg injuries (and a bicep strain) limited Stanton to just 18 games in 2019 and 23 games in 2020, which led the Yankees to make Stanton a full-time designated hitter heading into last season.
While the New York lineup as a whole fell short of its usual standard, Stanton was a major bright spot, hitting .282 / .347 / .534 with nine home runs in 144 home plate appearances. Despite all the injuries, Stanton has always been a very dangerous stick when he has been able to play, which naturally only adds to the concern over this MVP-level hitter seemingly unable to stay on the court.
The severity of Stanton’s quadruple strain is not yet known. Given his track record, it’s probably safe to predict that the Yankees will hold Stanton past the 10-day minimum just to be completely sure that this injury doesn’t persist (and result in another extended absence).
There’s no way to really replace Stanton’s offensive contributions, of course, but the Yankees could now pivot a few players through the DH spot. Rusty smell should return to the injured list relatively soon, to add to the lineup of positional players. Speculatively, the absence of Stanton (without forgetting Aaron Hicks and Gleyber Torres) could open up a little playing time for Miguel Andujar, as the former Rookie Of The Year contender has lacked consistent playing time since his own injury-wracked season in 2019.