New York Yankees DH Giancarlo Stanton leaves the game with a calf injury
NEW YORK — Giancarlo Stanton left Tuesday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles with a right calf tightness, the Yankees announced.
Stanton was supposed to start the bottom of the seventh inning with the Yankees in two runs.
Instead, outfielder Estevan Florial approached home plate, swinging to first base against Baltimore left-hander Bruce Zimmermann.
Before leaving the game in the seventh, Stanton had retired to the ground in the third and struck out while swinging on his first two at bats of the ball game.
New York ended up tying the game in that inning — second baseman Gleyber Torres homered his second homer of the night before catcher Jose Trevino tied the game with an RBI single — but concern over the status of Stanton has not disappeared.
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The slugger played a pivotal role in New York’s success early this season, coming into play Tuesday night going .289/.343/.530 with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs.
That said, factoring in his two at bats on Tuesday, Stanton is hitless in his last 12 at bats (in four games). Prior to that icy spell, Stanton was scorching hot, hitting .388 (31 for 80) with nine homers in his previous 21 games.
Stanton’s departure comes on the same day another key contributor was suddenly sidelined with injury. Infielder DJ LeMahieu was pulled from Tuesday night’s game with left wrist discomfort.
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