Boone: Stanton healed, ‘ready to go’

When preparations for the MLB season resume, New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will be a full participant.

Manager Aaron Boone told the YES Network on Monday that Stanton’s Grade 1 right calf strain has made significant improvement. Stanton suffered the injury in late February at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa, Fla.

“If we were ready to start spring training games, he’d be ready to go,” Boone said.

The major league season has been suspended indefinitely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last season, Stanton played in just 18 games because of bicep and knee injuries, batting .288 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 59 at-bats. In 2018, his first season with the Yankees, he hit .266 with 38 home runs and 100 RBIs in 158 games.

Stanton, 30, is a four-time All-Star and was the National League MVP in 2017 with the Miami Marlins.

“G’s doing great,” Boone said. “He’s been hitting now for a few weeks, but he’s now running, pretty much, at full speed and different directions and doing all the things necessary to get into a game.”