Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton on injuries: ‘It’s unacceptable this often’

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NEW YORK — Sidelined with injuries for the 11th time in 14 seasons, Giancarlo Stanton is openly frustrated.

“It’s unacceptable this often,” he said, five days after straining his left hamstring during a game against the Minnesota Twins. “The team relies on me and I can’t have this continue to happen and put us in a tough spot … it’s my duty and responsibility to be out there.”

Stanton was hurt while pulling into second base with a two-run double in the seventh inning and went on the injured list the following day. Yankees manager Aaron Boone estimated Stanton will be sidelined for six weeks.

“It’s a tightness. It’s a grab,” Stanton said. “It’s not a normal feeling or a fun one.”

A five-time All-Star, the 33-year-old has been on the injured list or disabled list seven times in five seasons with the Yankees. As he spoke to media for the first time since getting hurt, he pinched a cheek with his right hand, then rubbed his hands together.

“The disbelief and disappointment at this stage is hard to put into words and kind of comprehend,” he said. “It’s very frustrating.”

Stanton missed 223 of 546 games in the previous four seasons because of a strained right biceps and strained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee (2019), strained left hamstring (2020), strained left quadriceps (2021) and right ankle inflammation and left Achilles tendinitis (2022).

“The one thing I can say in Giancarlo’s case is I don’t question his professionalism and his commitment to doing all he needs to do to stay healthy and to be healthy,” Boone said. “He feels a responsibility to this team, this organization to be the great player that he is but to be able to do it more and more often.”

With the Marlins, Stanton sat due to right knee surgery (2012), a right hamstring strain (2013), broken left hand (2015) and strained left groin (2016).

“I can’t control it. At the same time, it shouldn’t be happening,” Stanton said. “… I prepare my whole life. This is everything I’ve put in for.”

Stanton is hitting .269 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 13 games this season; his career average is .264 with 382 homers and 982 RBIs.

NOTES: LHP Carlos Rodón, who’s been out since his only spring training outing on March 5 with a strained left forearm, was to have a CT scan of his back, which has bothered him during the past week. “He’s not going to throw for the next couple of days,” Boone said. “Throws a wrinkle in and slows it, but I don’t think it’s going to be anything that prevents him from hopefully in the next several days building back up.” … CF Harrison Bader will start a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Somerset; he’s been sidelined since March 10 by a strained left oblique muscle. … RHP Luis Severino threw 20 pitches of live batting practice, then 15 more in a bullpen. Severino will have at least one more BP session at the team’s complex in Tampa, Florida, followed by several minor league rehab outings. … OF Kole Calhoun agreed to a minor league contract and was assigned to the Florida Coast League Yankees. The 35-year-old left-handed hitter batted .286 (10 for 35) with two RBIs in 13 spring training games with Seattle, then was released after exercising his right to opt out.

New bill to build Athletics stadium on Las Vegas Strip caps Nevada’s cost at $380 million

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CARSON CITY, Nev. — A bill introduced in the Nevada Legislature would give the Oakland Athletics up to $380 million for a potential 30,000 seat, $1.5 billion retractable roof stadium on the Las Vegas Strip.

The bulk of the public funding would come from $180 million in transferable tax credits from the state and $120 million in county bonds, which can vary based on interest rate returns. Clark County also would contribute $25 million in credit toward infrastructure costs.

The A’s have been looking for a home to replace Oakland Coliseum, where the team has played since arriving from Kansas City for the 1968 season. The team had sought to build a stadium in Fremont, San Jose and finally the Oakland waterfront, all ideas that never materialized.

The plan in the Nevada Legislature won’t directly raise taxes. It can move forward with a simply majority vote in the Senate and Assembly. Lawmakers have a little more than a week to consider the proposal before they adjourn June 5, though it could be voted on if a special session is called.

The Athletics have agreed to use land on the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip, where the Tropicana Las Vegas casino resort sits. Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao has said he is disappointed the team didn’t negotiate with Oakland as a “true partner.”

Las Vegas would be the fourth home for a franchise that started as the Philadelphia Athletics from 1901-54. It would become the smallest TV market in Major League Baseball and the smallest market to be home to three major professional sports franchises.

The team and Las Vegas are hoping to draw from the nearly 40 million tourists who visit the city annually to help fill the stadium. The 30,000-seat capacity would make it the smallest MLB stadium.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said a vote on the Oakland Athletics’ prospective move to Las Vegas could take place when owners meet June 13-15 in New York.

The plan faces an uncertain path in the Nevada Legislature. Democratic leaders said financing bills, including for the A’s, may not go through if Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo vetoes the five budget bills, which he has threatened to do as many of his priorities have stalled or faded in the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

Under the bill, the Clark County Board of Commissioners would create a homelessness prevention and assistance fund along the stadium’s area in coordination with MLB and the Nevada Resort Association. There, they would manage funds for services, including emergency rental and utility assistance, job training, rehabilitation and counseling services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

The lease agreement with the Las Vegas Stadium Authority would be up for renewal after 30 years.

Nevada’s legislative leadership is reviewing the proposal, Democratic state Assembly Speaker Steve Yeager said in a statement.

“No commitment will be made until we have both evaluated the official proposal and received input from interested parties, including impacted community members,” Yeager said.