Shelved since April 1, Stanton came off the Yankees' IL on Tuesday after three separate injuries derailed him.
While Giancarlo Stanton is ready for what he hopes will be a dramatically healthier remainder of the season, the New York Yankees outfielder acknowledged Tuesday that his recent two-month-plus injured list stint was "very frustrating". I feel good. I'm just missing a couple of pitches that I know I can hit, " he said, per ESPN.com.
Stanton has missed the majority of the season, mainly due to a biceps issue, but his stay on the injured was extended due to a shoulder strain, and calf injury that popped up during his rehab. With the acquisition of Encarnacion, Stanton will become New York's starting left fielder in most games.
Cameron Maybin of the Yankees celebrates his seventh inning home run against the Tampa Bay Rays with teammate Luke Voit at Yankee Stadium on June 18, 2019.
NY shipped second baseman Starlin Castro and a pair of minor leaguers to Miami in exchange for the 6-foot-6 Stanton in December 2017, following an MVP season in which he hit a major league-leading 59 homers.
"Potentially, it's obviously a great lineup", Boone said Monday afternoon. Once we're all on full force, it's going to be a lot of fun.
Meanwhile, Judge is also making his way back to the majors.
"Excited to have those kinds of players, weapons, and hopefully they can get settled in here early and get comfortable and off we go", manager Aaron Boone said about his power-laden lineup.
Tampa Bay will hope to produce better results at the plate after getting held to two hits for the first time since September 27, also against the Yankees. "I'm just glad to be back and Aaron's not far behind". "We want to give ourselves a chance to win games, and we got to bounce back tomorrow and do that, but there doesn't need to be any added pressure or more emphasis on tomorrow's game". "So we had to shut it down, get a cortisone shot, let that ease for a little bit".
After Tanaka pitched New York's first two-hitter since Hiroki Kuroda on August 14, 2012, J.A. Happ (6-3, 4.66) attempts to win his sixth straight decision when he starts on regular four days' rest.
Happ struck out three and is 6-0 in his last eight starts, dating to May 9.
A battle of Cy Young Award winning left-handers is set for Wednesday afternoon's series finale, with Rays ace Blake Snell (4-5, 3.70 ERA) facing off against veteran CC Sabathia (3-4, 4.42 ERA).