Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is set to make a return to the New York squad on Thursday in Oakland against the Athletics. Stanton gave the news to the media following the team’s 4-2 win against the New York Mets on Monday. The five-time All-Star has been out of the squad following Achilles tendinitis since late July. However, after going through a vigorous recovery and practice assignment in the minor league, the 32-year-old will take the field very soon. Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed that Stanton would return tentatively on Thursday as there are no repercussions from his injury. He is expected to face Luis Severino during live batting practice on Tuesday.
Giancarlo Stanton was asked if he felt the need to return urgently amid the team’s struggles. The two-time Silver Slugger replied that he was not trying to force anything back as it would be stupid, given only a little over a month left for the playoffs. Stanton suggested he just wanted to hit the field and get some game under his belt to get a better hold of his form. Stanton reckoned he could help the Yankees better in the outfield and make the team more dynamic. He hoped to return as soon as possible and help his team improve their situation.
Elsewhere, reliever Clay Holmes is expected to return at the end of his 25-day IL. Thus, he is likely to make a comeback for the team’s first game against the Angels on August 29. Also, the Yankees have recently added reliever Scott Effross to the IL due to shoulder strain.
Scott Efross Gets Added To The Yankees IL
Yankees right-handed reliever Scott Effross has been added to the 15-day IL following a shoulder strain. The Yankees boss Aaron Boone revealed that the strain was minor. However, Effross will still take a rest from pitching for the next 7-10 days as a precaution. The Bombers have called upon Clarke Schmidt to replace Effross on the Yankees’ active roster.
The Yankees acquired the 28-year-old from the Cubs during the trade deadline. He was immediately given the relievers’ responsibility in the squad. He secured a hold in his second game and clinched a save too. However, he will have to miss out for a couple of weeks. Scott has thrown 52 1/3 innings in 2022 for Chicago and New York. He has put up an ERA of 2.75 with 27.5% strikeouts, 6.2% walks, and 43.1% ground ball rate.