Giancarlo Stanton is due to make his return to the Yankees on Tuesday following a string of injuries and Aaron Judge is expected back at some point during the current home stand — and possibly by the end of this week.
“I talked to him actually before [Sunday’s] game and he’s doing fine,” Aaron Boone said Monday of Judge, who has been out with a left oblique strain. “He feels good. I think he would prefer even being back already, but I think the nature of the injury and just we’ve had to bring him back, I think it’s important that he gets a couple of more games in there where he’s in the field, bouncing back, running the bases.”
Stanton is expected to be reinstated from the injured list Tuesday, with Mike Tauchman optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Monday’s 3-0 win over Tampa Bay in The Bronx.
When Judge is on the field with the Yankees, he’ll usually be in right, with Stanton often in left — thanks to the presence of Edwin Encarnacion at DH.
General manager Brian Cashman said despite Stanton’s hamstring and calf woes the past two seasons, he isn’t overly worried about Stanton being in the outfield.
“When we acquired [Stanton], it wasn’t to be a DH,’’ Cashman said of the December 2017 trade with the Marlins. “He’s a very athletic outfielder.’’
Cashman also pointed to Boone’s ability to give players — including Stanton — rest.
But like Judge and the recently added Encarnacion, Stanton isn’t in The Bronx for his glove.
“We’re getting two more elite-level hitters,’’ Boone said of having Stanton and Judge in the lineup. “It has a chance to be a special lineup, but that’s all it is right now. We have to go out there, continue to perform, but certainly excited about the possibilities about it.”
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