The injuries have started again for Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton, as manager Aaron Boone told reporters the former MVP has a grade 1 calf strain.
Asked if Stanton will be ready for the start of the regular season, Boone admitted "he will be down a bit," per The Post's Joel Sherman.
Boone added that an MRI showed the strain after Stanton hurt the calf during and outfield workout on Tuesday, per The New York Times' James Wagner.
This is a tough blow to Stanton, who wants redemption this season after playing in only 18 regular season games in 2019. GM Brian Cashman recently told SNY contributor Anthony McCarron that Stanton is "looking forward to reminding the fans of baseball that he's still an elite player."
But that will have to be put on hold, as Stanton must undergo another rehab process to return to the field.
A calf strain was among the long list of issues that plagued Stanton last season. Even when he returned at the end of the season to be featured on the playoff roster, Stanton wasn't 100 percent. He played throughout the ALDS against the Twins, but could only appear in Games 1 and 5 of the ALCS against Houston.
"He obviously hasn't had a chance to declare himself in the Yankee world yet," Cashman told McCarron over the phone earlier this month. "All those things will come in time. People forget that (in 2018) he led us in home runs and RBI and it wasn't even a Stanton-like season for him, with injuries.
"I think he's looking forward to re-establishing the legacy he's been creating. Injuries have denied him that."
And unfortunately, they continue to do just that.
Stanton is the second Yankee to go down this week, as the team announced on Tuesday that Luis Severino will be lost for the year to undergo Tommy John surgery. James Paxton is recovering from back surgery, so he'll miss the start of the season as well.
Now the outfield battle in spring training just got more heated, as players like Clint Frazier, Mike Tauchman and even Miguel Andujar -- who got the start in left field on Wednesday before the game was rained out -- battling for that position with Stanton's Opening Day status up in the air.
The Yankees, who set the record with the most players on the IL in a single season last year, came into camp hoping they could reverse that trend. So far, it's been the exact opposite.