As if losing two out of three to open the season against the lowly Orioles wasn’t bad enough, the Yankees announced on Monday morning that Giancarlo Stanton has been placed on the 10-day Injured List with a left biceps strain. Clint Frazier will be recalled from Scranton.
Prior to tonight's game, the @Yankees placed OF Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-day injured list with a left biceps strain and recalled OF Clint Frazier (#77) from Triple-A @swbrailriders.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) April 1, 2019
Frazier has had several opportunities over the past two seasons to make a mark on the big league club, although injuries and the depth chart have slowed him down. He went into spring training this year hoping to take Brett Gardner‘s job, but the Yankees preferred that he start the year in Triple-A. In the spring, Frazier went 7-for-49 (.143) with 16 strikeouts in 18 games.
It will be interesting to see how the Yankees juggle their lineup without Stanton. Early on, DJ LeMahieu has has had consistent at-bats and played good defense, so Boone might opt to raise him in the order and slot Frazier in the eight or nine hole.
The Yankees have been bitten by the injury bug so far this season, as Stanton joins Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Aaron Hicks, Dellin Betances and CC Sabathia on the IL.