Giancarlo Stanton’s second half started almost the same way as the Yankees did.
The designated hitter made a double play in the first innings and then was dismissed swinging each of his next three at-bats in the Yankees’ 4-0 loss to the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Friday night. After one stroke, he started screaming loudly.
Stanton has been productive this season and ran the Yankees aggressively for two weeks from April to May, but he also had a prolonged slump.
On Friday, he got a full count in every at-bat he hit, but on the first night with Aaron Judge and Geo Ursella on COVID-19 IL, the Yankees could use a spark.
Aaron Boone stated that Stanton was not a candidate to play in the outfield when the Yankees called on Trey Amburghe and Greg Allen to provide depth from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.