BALTIMORE – On a rehab assignment, Giancarlo Stanton was scratched from the lineup at Class A Tampa on Tuesday night.However, the Yankees slugger is expected to play again on Wednesday.This past weekend, Stanton had been hit by a pitch to his lower leg, in the "calf-knee area'' according to manager Aaron Boone.On Tuesday, Stanton “did all his pregame work and (we) held him out as a precaution, from the game, because that spot had tightened up a little bit,’’ said Boone, adding that Stanton’s afternoon work went well and no further tests are planned.“Don’t think it’s a big deal, we expect him to play (Wednesday),’’ Boone said. “I think we just thought (it was) better to be cautious with it and give it a day.’’Stanton had been expected to serve as the designated hitter on Tuesday, one day after playing right field in his initial minor league rehab game.The slugger has been sidelined since April 1, initially with a strained left biceps.He later developed a left shoulder problem that extended his time on the injured list and required a cortisone shot in late April.On Monday night, Stanton went 1-for-3 with a home run and two strikeouts at Class A Tampa, and he played seven innings in right field.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone on the Yankees' 11-4 win at Baltimore Pete Caldera, Staff Writer, @pcaldera
Stanton still appears to be tracking toward a return to the Yankees lineup, possibly as early as Monday’s opener of a seven-game homestand against San Diego and Boston.“Soon,’’ Boone said of Stanton’s big league return prior to knowledge of the slugger's cautionary absence from Tuesday's lineup. “I would say probably not this weekend, but it’s one of those things where we get through each day and formulate’’ an idea.By this weekend, Stanton could have his rehab transferred to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in order to “play a game or two’’ at the Class AAA level.“I don’t want to rule anything out,'' Boone said earlier on Tuesday. "But he’s getting close to joining us.’’More: Yankees' James Paxton to toss simulated game; Masahiro Tanaka ready to start ThursdayMore: Dellin Betances eyeing June return to Yankees
Aaron Judge on the field
Aaron Judge had a bat in his hands again, tracking pitches during Masahiro Tanaka’s Tuesday afternoon bullpen session.“He’s done that a couple of times in the past,’’ Tanaka said through an interpreter, adding wryly: “I think he was at his best this time.’’Sidelined since April 21 due to a strained oblique, Judge is still weeks away from returning and there’s no schedule yet for him to resume taking batting practice.But the slugging right fielder has begun conducting some baseball activity, running and playing catch during the Yankees’ series at Camden Yards.“I think it's him just wanting to start to ramp back up and get some visual reps, where he can start to create a little bit of timing,’’ Boone said of Judge standing in against Tanaka.
Yankees' Aaron Judge plays catch Tuesday at Baltimore during his rehab. Pete Caldera, Staff Writer, @pcaldera
Didi Gregorius dehydrated
At Tampa, Didi Gregorius did not play as scheduled on Tuesday at extended spring training, after suffering from dehydration a day earlier.Gregorius was administered an IV and he’s expected to resume playing on Wednesday, serving as a designated hitter.“Everything is fine with him,’’ said Boone, who spoke by phone with Gregorius on Tuesday.Rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, Gregorius participated in his first extended spring training game on Monday, getting five at-bats and playing five innings at shortstop on a 92-degree afternoon.Gregorius still has a mid-June target to return to the Yankees’ lineup.