Everyone is probably hoping this is an April Fools joke but I don’t think the Yankees would straight up lie about this sort of thing for the yuks: the club just tweeted that it has placed Giancarlo Stanton on the injured list with a strained bicep. They have called up Clint Frazier to take his place on the roster.
I didn’t see any word yesterday that he was injured, but I’m sure we’ll hear word about what happened later today. We do know that Stanton has started the season 2-for-8 with no extra base hits and four strikeouts in his first three games. There were even a smattering of boos following his ninth inning strikeout on Saturday.
Between this and the series loss to the lowly Orioles it’s been a tough first few days of the season for the Bombers.
UPDATE: Aaron Boone said today that Stanton suffered a Grade 1 strain of his left biceps tendon on a “funky swing” yesterday. He will be shut down for at least ten days and could very well miss the rest of April.
Major League Baseball announced today that Mike Trout and Christian Yelich have been selected as the American League and National League winners of the 2019 Hank Aaron Awards. The Hank Aaron Award, which was established in 1999, recognizes “the most outstanding offensive performers in each league.” A fan vote is part of it. A special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron weighs in as well.
Yellich, who is a back-to-back winner of the Award in the NL, led the Majors with a .671 slugging percentage and a 1.100 OPS, while leading the National League in batting average (.329), WAR (7.3) and OBP (.429). It was his third straight year with at least 100 runs scored and he set career-highs with 44 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He was the NL Player of the Week twice and stands a good chance of winning the NL MVP Award, though a late season injury will make it a pretty close vote.
Trout, who previously won the award in 2014, led the Majors with a .483 on-base percentage while leading the American League with a .645 slugging percentage and a 1.083 OPS. He was second in the AL with a career-best 45 home runs, was second i WAR (8.3) and, like Yelich, was a two-time Player of the Week winner. He too stands a good chance of wining the MVP though, he too, had a late season injury which could knock him down to second place.