Manager Aaron Boone wasn’t sure when Giancarlo Stanton will start a second minor league rehab assignment, but said the process will begin soon.
“I don’t know the exact date but know that’s real close,’’ Boone said before the Yankees’ 5-2 loss to the Indians on Friday night at Progressive Field.
Stanton worked out in Tampa on Friday and had six plate appearances in an extended spring training game. He homered to center field and walked twice, but didn’t run the bases. He also took batting practice with Aaron Judge, who hit outdoors for the second straight day and worked in right field.
Stanton also did defensive work in left and right fields.
After playing the first three games of the season, Stanton went on the injured list with a strained left biceps on April 1. In his first rehab game, Stanton was hit by a pitch, suffered a strained left calf and went back on the shelf.
Single-A Tampa is home Monday night, so it is possible Stanton could be in the Tarpons’ lineup.