Though Aaron Boone had earlier posited that it wasn't a big deal, this newfound injury has led the Yankees to bring him back from his rehab assignment prematurely, placing Stanton back on the IL with a third, fresh malady.
The Yankees have returned OF Giancarlo Stanton from his rehab with left calf tightness.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 22, 2019
This doesn't mean Stanton is close to returning to the Yankee lineup. Stanton is still on the injured list, now with a calf injury. By having him return now from High-A Tampa, it'll reset the clock on his rehab assignment; he can now spend up to 20 additional days rehabbing at some point before being activated.
For those keeping track at home regarding Giancarlo Stanton: Biceps strain -> shoulder strain -> left calf tightness after being hit by a pitch in live BP.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) May 22, 2019
This isn't meant to be hyperbolic, but is Stanton becoming the next Jacoby Ellsbury? Stanton just can't stay on the field due to a myriad of injuries, including three different ailments in 2019 (bicep, shoulder and calf).
Stanton has played in only three games this season, hitting .250 (2-for-8) with seven walks and four strikeouts.