TAMPA — Giancarlo Stanton is in the feeling-out process when it comes to his strained right calf.
“Just continue to progress and see what we got,’’ Stanton said Sunday in the Yankees’ clubhouse during a 1-0 win over the Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. “Whenever I am ready I will be out there.”
Stanton, who played in only 18 regular-season games a year ago due to several injuries, suffered a Grade 1 strain of his calf during fielding drills on Feb. 25 and isn’t expected to be ready by March 26, when the Yankees open the season against the Orioles at Camden Yards.
Stanton hit in the cage and worked on a treadmill Sunday and said he didn’t feel any issues in his calf.
“With the stuff we are doing, no,” Stanton said.
Aaron Boone said he was encouraged that Stanton ran at 85 percent on the treadmill.
“That will be the biggest thing, the final thing, is really being able to run full bore, obviously,” Boone said. “I know his cage work was really good [Sunday]. I know he feels really good with all the baseball-activities stuff already. Getting him to the point where he can sprint and really get after it. And get after his defensive work and stuff. When that is, I am not so sure, but baseball stuff we have been really encouraged so far.”