New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is out of the starting lineup for Sunday’s home game against the Toronto Blue Jays, but manager Aaron Boone said the move had nothing to do with Stanton’s hitless start to the season.
Aaron Judge will start at designated hitter in place of Stanton, with Clint Frazier filling in for Judge in right field and Brett Gardner starting in left field.
“G’s good, just wanted to get a lefty (Gardner) in there,” Boone said. “This is probably the best day to do that. I’m not gonna play G probably five days in a row, was kind of what I told him. So I figured, this was the best day to do that.
“Nothing more than that.”
Stanton, 31, is 0-for-8 with three strikeouts and two walks in the first two games of the season, which the Yankees and Blue Jays have split.
T.J. Zeuch of the Blue Jays will oppose Domingo German of the Yankees in a battle of right-handers in the rubber game of the series.
Stanton has been riddled with injuries the past two seasons, playing only 41 games combined during that stretch. He won the National League MVP in 2017 with the Miami Marlins after hitting 59 homers and driving in 132 runs that season.
–Field Level Media