Johan Santana threw a career-high 134 pitches in his no-hitter Friday night and the Mets decided to push back his next turn in the rotation to allow for extra rest, so his follow-up performance will come Friday against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Santana has given no indication that his surgically repaired shoulder feels worn out following the high workload, but considering he’s just 11 starts removed from missing an entire season and hadn’t thrown more than 108 pitches in any previous outing this year the added three days off makes sense.
He’s scheduled to face Phil Hughes, who’ll be coming off a complete-game victory over the Tigers yesterday.
Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is set to return from the injured list on Tuesday, manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Sunday. The timing coincides well with the addition of Edwin Encarnación, who was acquired from the Mariners on Saturday evening and is expected to be active and available for the Yankees as soon as Monday night.
The Yankees have every reason to hope that Stanton will be able to return to his usual 30+ homer, 4.0+ fWAR self as he works his way back to a full-time role this season. (Fueling some of that hope: Four home runs in 10 PA at High-A Tampa during his latest stretch of rehab games.) Undoubtedly, they’re still prepared to play it safe with the 29-year-old, who has already suffered significant shoulder, biceps, and calf injuries and has not appeared in a major-league game since March 31. Through the Yankees’ first three games of 2019, he went 2-for-15 with a pair of singles, seven walks, and four strikeouts.
With Encarnación slotting into a DH/first base role, Stanton is expected to spend the bulk of his playing time in the left field corner. That may cause a bit of a logjam in the outfield, as Brett Gardner took over that spot in Stanton’s absence and will likely be forced into a backup role once Aaron Judge returns from the IL — but for now, Boone says, he “still expects Gardy to play a lot.”