Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was notably absent from Sunday night’s starting lineup for Game 2 of the ALCS against the Astros. MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that Stanton is dealing with a quad injury.
Manager Aaron Boone is hopeful that Stanton will be able to contribute in the ALCS and is not ready to take him off of the roster. Boone said, “We’re hoping the off day [Monday] helps and it declares itself more.”
Stanton suffered the injury during his first at-bat in Game 1 in which he singled off of Zack Grienke. Stanton would later hit a solo homer and finished the night 2-for-4.
Stanton was limited to 18 games during the regular season due to knee and calf injuries. When he has been well enough to be in the lineup, he has been one of the league’s better hitters, which is why the Yankees aren’t quick to take him off the roster.
At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.
Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.
The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.
At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).