Giancarlo Stanton couldn’t have asked for a better situation to come back to.
Just the other day, a scout was expressing concern about Stanton, wondering if the injured slugger’s eventual return would negatively impact the New York Yankees’ extremely cohesive lineup chemistry. “It’s going to be interesting,” the scout said.
It was a perfectly valid concern, one held by others in the industry.
But it doesn’t matter all that much right now.
Because suddenly, the Yankees need Giancarlo Stanton.
And his role — perhaps tenuous given all the productive outfielders the team once had at its disposal — seems very much secure.
On Monday, the team announced that super sub Mike Tauchman will miss six-to-eight weeks with a Grade 2 calf strain. And with Aaron Hicks set to receive a second opinion on his right elbow in California — his season also in jeopardy — the injury-plagued Yankees are suddenly down to Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Cameron Maybin and Clint Frazier (with Tyler Wade also in the mix) on the outfield depth chart.
Manager Aaron Boone told reporters in Boston that Stanton could return sometime on the team’s next homestand, which begins Sept. 17. It leaves the former National League MVP only a week and a half at most to find his swing before the October pressure cooker begins.