This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
The Yankees slugger is once again sidelined due to injury. Stanton has appeared in just nine games this season due to four different injuries. His problems started with a strained biceps that led to issues with his shoulder. He then strained his calf before making a return almost two months after the initial biceps injury. His return lasted just six games as Stanton sprained the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his right knee. The PCL is the lesser known of the two cruciate ligaments often overshadowed by its partner the infamous anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Despite its diminished reputation, the PCL is the stronger of the two ligaments and is critical in knee stability. Its positioning allows the PCL to limit hyperextension of the knee while serving as the central axis for knee rotation. An isolated PCL injury is relatively unique injury but is often marked by pain and swelling. If the laxity of the ligament is impacted, the knee can become unstable. Furthermore, studies have shown individuals who suffer the injury become more likely to sustain future meniscus issues and long-term problems like arthritis. This is particularly concerning for Stanton who underwent surgery on the same knee back in 2010.
For now, Stanton will spend the next few weeks focusing on nonoperative treatment. The Yankees expect an August return is the best case scenario, though Stanton's track record in recovery suggests that shouldn't be expected.
Stanton has been a frustrating talent who has developed a propensity for