When the New York Yankees placed Giancarlo Stanton on the injured list in late June, fans weren't expecting to see him back on the field until August.
But they probably weren't envisioning late August, which is what could certainly be the case if manager Aaron Boone's update on the slugger continues to hold true.
Stanton is dealing with a sprained knee and has now been on the shelf for almost another month. The fact he hasn't even started baseball activities yet has to be a bit concerning, right?
He doesn't need to be going close to 100% at this point, but taking the field for some light swings or fielding work? None of that?
Boone added that the first couple weeks of Stanton being on the shelf were "frustrating" and now he's working on "stabilizing things to get the quad built up and strong," according to Dan Martin of the New York Post.
It's been a nightmare season for Stanton, but luckily for the Yankees, they're cruising without the 2017 NL MVP and have been able to withstand a disturbing amount of injuries thus far. And with Cameron Maybin on the mend (he'll go on a rehab assignment this week), the Yankees should be just fine.
But still, this is one of the most feared hitters in the game. New York needs him in the middle of the lineup if they want to make a World Series push.