New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman seems to be as exhausted by Giancarlo Stanton constantly being injured as the team’s fanbase is.
There was a time when Giancarlo Stanton was one of the best players in the sport. His four All-Star appearances as a member of the Marlins and winning the National League MVP award in 2017 prove that and it’s why he landed a massive 13-year, $325 million contract from Miami six years ago.
However, for as good as he’s been during his 14-year career, injury woes have dogged him throughout. He has played 150 or more games just three times during his career, and his issues with staying on the field have never been worse than during his current tenure with the Yankees.
The 34-year-old played in just 18 games in 2019 and has barely surpassed 100 over the last two seasons despite no longer playing the field and primarily being a designated hitter. It has been a major point of frustration for fans as that and the five years left on his contract have made him untradeable.
New York Yankees GM on Giancarlo Stanton: ‘He’s going to wind up getting hurt again’
During a conversation with the New York Daily News this week, general manager Brian Cashman was asked about Stanton’s long history of battling injuries and trying to keep him healthy since he is obviously going nowhere. And the Yankees executive was quite honest in a fairly funny response about Staton’s reputation for being oft-injured.
“We try to limit the time he’s down,” Cashman said. “But I’m not gonna tell you he’s gonna play every game next year because he’s not. He’s going to wind up getting hurt again more likely than not because it seems to be part of his game.”
The GM also added that while being injured is something Stanton often is, he did mention when healthy “the guy’s a great hitter and has been for a long time.”
This is the second time Cashman has spoken about Stanton’s constant trips to the disabled or injured list recently. At the GM meetings last week, he also called the DH “injury prone” and admitted keeping him on the field is an issue the organization’s medical staff has failed to fix.