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Yankees place Giancarlo Stanton on 10-day IL and here we go again

The slugger was off to an amazing start to 2021 but is back on the injured list with a quad issue.

New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton strikes out during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.  Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Just when you thought Giancarlo Stanton was turning a corner ... boom! The injury bug hits him again. The New York Yankees announced that the slugger has been placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday afternoon due to a quad injury. Stanton missed the final two games of the Yanks’ series against the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend. He had played in just about every game this season. P Albert Abreu was recalled from AAA.

Stanton had cooled off considerably in May, specifically in the past few weeks before this injury popped up. He was 12-for-38 with 3 HRs and 9 RBI in May but was 3-of-22 in his past 7 games before landing on the IL. Overall on the season, Stanton is batting .282 with 9 HRs and 24 RBI, good for a .882 OPS, which ranks 29th in MLB. With Stanton out, the Yankees lineup takes a pretty big hit.

Aaron Judge DH’d on Sunday against the O’s and we could see the Yankees take Stanton’s absence as a chance to get Judge some more rest from playing RF. Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar and Ryan LaMarre were in the OF on Sunday afternoon. Aaron Hicks is also on the shelf and Brett Gardner hasn’t been very effective at the plate this season. There really isn’t a good replacement for Stanton on the Yanks. Frazier isn’t a bad option if his bat can get going.