New York Yankees put slugger Giancarlo Stanton on 10-day injured list because of sore ankle

Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is on the injured list for the fourth consecutive season.

Stanton was placed on the 10-day IL on Wednesday as the ailing Yankees made a flurry of roster moves less than an hour before their 2-0 victory over Baltimore in the series finale.

Manager Aaron Boone later clarified the injury to the star’s right lower leg was an inflamed ankle after the team had revealed it was a strained calf strain.

“He is feeling pretty good,” Boone said before the game. “I think we hope that he said something early enough to where this doesn’t become long.”

New York also put struggling reliever Jonathan Loaisiga on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to May 23, with right shoulder inflammation — the latest blow to a depleted bullpen that had shined most of the season.

“Similar to what he dealt with last year. Probably not as severe. So, just feel like it’s probably something that as a precaution, we need to be smart here and take a couple weeks and hopefully that’s all it is,” Boone said. “We believe it’s something hopefully minor. We’re going to treat him symptomatically.”

Joey Gallo was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list and started at designated hitter. Third baseman Josh Donaldson remained on the COVID-19 list, and All-Star infielder DJ LeMahieu was out of the lineup for the second consecutive night because of left wrist discomfort.

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LeMahieu was feeling better after a cortisone shot Tuesday and the team hopes to have him back in a day or two.

Boone stated he thought Donaldson was going to receive an IV, and the 2015 AL MVP was feeling better after his fever broke overnight. But the manager wasn’t sure if Donaldson would travel with the Yankees to Florida for a four-game set at AL East rival Tampa Bay that begins Thursday night, or possibly join the club sometime during the series.

The 32-year-old Stanton left Tuesday night’s 7-6, 11-inning victory over the Orioles in the seventh and had an MRI on Wednesday. He is hitting .285 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs for the Yankees, who started the night with the best record in the majors at 30-13.

“Adversity’s coming for you even in the best of seasons and you’ve got to be able to weather the storm and have other guys step up in different situations,” Boone said. “Sometimes it’s in short spurts, sometimes it’s longer. That’s part of the grind of the 162-game season. We’re prepared to handle that. We look forward to handling that. The season doesn’t stop for anyone.”

Stanton played in 139 games last year, his highest total since 2018, and batted .273 with 35 homers and 97 RBIs. He was out from May 17-28 with a left quadriceps strain.

New York acquired Stanton, the 2017 NL MVP with Miami, before the 2018 season and he hit .266 with 38 homers and 100 RBIs during his first season in pinstripes.

He was sidelined from April 1 to June 18 in 2019 with a left biceps strain, then from June 26 until Sept. 19 with a sprained right knee. During the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, he was out from Aug. 9 until Sept. 15 with a strained left hamstring.

Since 2011, Stanton has been on the injured list in all but the 2014, 2017 and 2018 seasons. A four-time All-Star with the Marlins, he has a .269 career batting average with 358 homers and 928 RBIs.

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