Another day, another power bat rejoins the Yankees lineup.
After welcoming Edwin Encarnacion on Monday, the Yankees added Giancarlo Stanton back to the lineup, batting fifth and playing right field against the Rays, on Tuesday.
It is Stanton's first game since March 31.
"It feels longer than it has been," Stanton said before the game. "So I'm excited to bere. The boys have been fun to watch while I was gone so it's going to be good to file in and battle with them."
Stanton went onto the IL originally with a biceps tear then had a setback with his shoulder that required a cortisone shot. He appeared close to returning in May when he was hit by a pitch in the knee and it resulted in a strained calf which continued to keep him out.
"I had to build up, stop. Build up, stop three times," he said. "It was very frustrating and not ideal, for sure. So I'm glad that's over with and I can look forward."
With the addition of Encarnacion, Stanton will likely be tasked with playing more of the field than DH, although he said he has played nine full innings just once over the last six to seven weeks.
"We're just going to listen to the body," Stanton said. "Maybe a couple on, one off. ... Once you get out there and start playing games you don't know how it's going to bounce back. Ease in first week or two and go from there."
Boone said that there may be opportunities where he removes Stanton from the game late but said that he does not envision him being used as a DH too much.
"Not a lot of DH for Giancarlo," Boone said. "Edwin and [Luke] Voit most days -- close to all days. Occasionally pick a spot [for Stanton], giving Luke or Edwin a day off. We'll be as smart as we can be."