Giancarlo Stanton Will Take Significant Rehab Step Monday
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The New York Yankees may soon be in for a major electric shock to their lineup.
Per NJ.com's Brendan Kuti, manager Aaron Boone said Giancarlo Stanton would do batting practice
At Yankee Stadium before Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
If all goes well, the outfielder could begin a minor league rehab assignment at the end of the week.
An Achilles injury sent Stanton on the injured list in late July.
He had scored 24 home runs in 80 games with .807 OPS, but had been batting .167 since the beginning of June.
The Yankees have hit a funk without the 32-year-old,
Lost eight of their last 10 matches while scoring nine runs in their last four matches.
However, they still hold a commanding 10.5-game run in the American League East.
They also boast the AL's best run difference (+204) by a considerable margin and have crushed an MLB-high 192 long balls.
A revived Matt Carpenter helped fill the void before suffering a broken leg that would put him on edge indefinitely. since
Yankees acquire outfielder Andrew Benintendi before trade deadline
Upon his return, Stanton would primarily take over DH duties.
The Yankees will not have Stanton when they face the Boston Red Sox in a rubber match on baseball on Sunday night.
Given his large size, they are probably more concerned about getting him back healthy and on track by October.