It took 76 trips to the dish, but our long national nightmare is over: Giancarlo Stanton has gone yard. Stanton hit Cubs starter Travis Wood’s cut fastball deep down the left field line, estimated at 472 feet according to Joe Frisaro.
Stanton had been battling shoulder soreness, missing time between April 11-17. The injury clearly limited his ability to hit for power — along with a home run drought, Stanton had only managed to hit three doubles in his 75 PA entering tonight’s game. Last season, Stanton hit 37 home runs in 501 PA, even missing time due to knee problems.
Stanton is arguably the only reason for fans to come out to the ballpark, so the Marlins are very happy to finally see him on the board.
If you’d like to see a .gif of the homer, click here for one, courtesy of The Score’s Scott Lewis.
Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.
Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.
Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.