HOUSTON — Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was left out of the New York Yankees‘ starting lineup for Game 2 of the American League Champion Series against the Houston Astros after suffering a right quad strain in his team’s Game 1 win.
Manager Aaron Boone told reporters the injury occurred during Stanton’s second-inning infield hit, in his first at-bat of Saturday night’s series opener. He remained in the game and later homered.
Boone said he underwent an MRI, which revealed the strain, but remains an option to pinch hit Sunday.
“He would be available tonight to hit or go in in an emergency situation,” Boone said. “He is in play tonight but didn’t feel like he was good to start.”
The Yankees will see how Stanton responds the next couple of days before making a decision about when he will return to the starting lineup.
“So hoping that it’s something that with today and the off day, that he would be back in play for Game 3,” Boone said. “We’ll just kind of see how these next 48 hours unfold.”
Stanton was replaced in left field by Cameron Maybin, batting eighth.
“So obviously [we’re] disappointed because we feel like G’s really gaining some steam and having good at-bats and we know what kind of impact player he could be,” Boone said. “But we know when we turn to Cam or Aaron [Hicks] in this situation, we know what they can be.”