The 2019 season hasn’t gone how the New York Yankees expected based on the number of days impact players have spent on the injured list. Manager Aaron Boone‘s club hasn’t let that stop them from racking up a 43-27 record, though, good for first place in the American League East.
New York is set to begin an important series at home against the Tampa Bay Rays, who are just a half-game behind them in standings. They’re expected to get some thunder back in the lineup Tuesday by activating Giancarlo Stanton, but more thunder is coming Monday with Edwin Encarnacion‘s arrival.
Encarnacion, whose 21 dingers lead the AL, was acquired by the Yankees from the Seattle Mariners over the weekend. As the Bronx Bombers continue getting healthy — let’s not forget that Aaron Judge is also close to returning — this acquisition will make it fun (and hard) for Boone to fill out a lineup card.