Yet another injury setback has delayed Giancarlo Stanton's return once again.
The Yankees announced Wednesday that Stanton was returned from his rehab assignment because of "mild strain of the left calf," as manager Aaron Boone put it. He remains on the injured list, and Boone added he will be shut down for a week to 10 days.
Stanton and Boone have both said they believe his strain came from being hit by a pitch during a live batting practice session last Thursday.
Stanton originally went on the injured list on April 1 with a left biceps strain. But while recovering from that, he suffered a left shoulder strain which put him on the shelf for longer.
Now with another injury, there's no telling when Stanton might be back. The Yankees were hopeful that he could return as soon as this weekend, if not right after.
But a few days ago Stanton was hit by a pitch during batting practice, and he was held out of his scheduled rehab game Tuesday. At the time, that was considered a precautionary move.
On Monday, Stanton hit a homer for High-A Tampa in his first rehab game. Being returned from his rehab assignment means his 20-day rehab clock resets.
Stanton played just three games in March before going on the IL. The Yankees have managed to put together a bunch of wins despite myriad injuries, taking a division-best 30-17 record into Wednesday's game at Baltimore.