Yankees sound ready for Giancarlo Stanton risk they’ve feared

BOSTON — There’s a “good chance” Giancarlo Stanton plays in the outfield at some point during the Yankees’ upcoming series against the Red Sox, Aaron Boone said on MLB Network Radio on Thursday.

Stanton hasn’t appeared in the outfield since 2019, as the Yankees have tried to prevent injury to the slugger, who has dealt with lower body ailments for much of his time in The Bronx.

Giancarlo Stanton working out in the outfield during the 2019 ALCS.
Giancarlo Stanton working out in the outfield during the 2019 ALCS.
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He didn’t play the outfield when the Yankees were in Philadelphia for a pair of games in June.

At the time, Stanton and Boone pointed to the series the Yankees are set to play next week in Miami as a likely return to the field, but with the team dealing with a severe lack of depth in the outfield due to injuries and COVID-19, the schedule to use Stanton more than as just a DH could be bumped up.

Stanton last played the outfield in Game 1 of the 2019 ALCS and then sat until Game 5 with a strained right quad in that series, which the Yankees lost in six games to the Astros.

If Stanton can play the outfield, it would allow the Yankees to use Gary Sanchez as a DH on occasion.

Stanton had an RBI single in Wednesday’s win over the Phillies at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees take a four-game winning streak into Fenway Park, where they begin a four-game series against the Red Sox on Thursday, followed by a three-game set at Tampa Bay starting on Monday. It is a stretch that will go a long way in determining whether the Yankees will be a factor in the AL East race.

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