Yankees slugger Stanton homers twice in Class A rehab game
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton homered twice in a minor league rehab game with Class A Tampa on Wednesday night.
Stanton hasn’t played for the Yankees since March 31. He originally went on the injured list with a strained left biceps but strained his left shoulder while rehabbing and then had a rehab assignment with Tampa stopped after one game on May 20 due to left calf tightness.
Also, reliever Danny Farquhar made his first appearance in a regular-season game Wednesday night with Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre since the 32-year-old right-hander collapsed in the Chicago White Sox dugout on April 20 last year because of a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage.
Farquhar allowed three runs, one hit and struck out one in 1 2/3 innings at Norfolk.
After a perfect fifth inning, Farquhar hit a batter and walked another before giving up a three-run homer to Cedric Mullins during the sixth.
Stanton went 2 for 3, striking out in the first, hitting a solo shot off the batters’ eye in center during the third and added a fifth-inning two-run homer to right.
He also homered as the designated hitter on Tuesday night.
Stanton played seven innings in right field and was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the seventh.
Barring any issues, Stanton is expected to join Scranton Wilkes-Barre this weekend and could be back in the big leagues next week.
Farquhar appeared in three major league spring training games, giving up six runs, four hits and five walks over two innings.
He started the regular season building up arm strength at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa, Florida, and began pitching in extended spring training games on May 10.