The Yankees injury hits keep on coming.
Now, the AL East favorites will likely be without slugger Giancarlo Stanton to open the season after he was diagnosed with a Grade 1 right calf strain that he suffered working out on Tuesday.
Manager Aaron Boone told reporters the $325 million outfielder “will be down a bit.” The 30-year-old played in just 18 games in 2019 with a variety of ailments. Staton also missed time in the ALCS against the Astros with a quad injury.
A season after the Yankees set an MLB record with 2,776 games lost to injury, they’ll start the 2020 campaign without Stanton in addition to starting pitchers Luis Severino and James Paxton.
Severino is out for the season and will have Tommy John surgery on Thursday. Paxton is expected to be out until June following back surgery.