Yankees’ Chris Gittens lands on IL after fluke bat injury

Chris Gittens became the latest Yankee to go down with an injury, landing on the IL on Sunday with a sprained right ankle.

BOSTON — Chris Gittens became the latest Yankee to go down with an injury, landing on the IL on Sunday with a sprained right ankle.

The first baseman suffered the injury when he tripped over his bat in Saturday’s win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

The move opened up a roster spot for the return of Gio Urshela, who was in the lineup Sunday at third base, as he comes back from the COVID-19 IL.

Aaron Boone said the loss of Gittens prevented the Yankees from using Giancarlo Stanton in left field on Sunday for the first time since the 2019 playoffs, since Gittens would have been the DH against Boston left-hander Martin Perez. 

Chris Gittens was hurt during Saturday’s game.
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Without Gittens, Stanton remained the DH.

Boone added the Yankees still intend to use Stanton in the outfield for at least a game in Miami, when there is no DH in the National League park.

“I think he’s prepared to do it and has been preparing himself for it,’’ Boone said prior to Sunday’s game. “So I expect it to happen next week in Miami now.”

Gary Sanchez returned to the lineup after leaving Friday with back spasms and sitting out Saturday. 

This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Dan Martin

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