AL Notes: Yankees, Stanton, Blue Jays, Mayza, Twins, Maeda

Giancarlo Stanton starts today with a drug addiction assignment, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic (via Twitter). Before this latest injury, Stanton had been in good health. For the season, Stanton appeared in 80 games, beating .228/.309/.498 with 24 home runs in 328 at bats. Stanton even started 38 games in the outfield grass, his most defensive play since 2018. Elsewhere on the Junior Circuit…

  • Blue Jays southpaw Tim Mayza will begin a drug withdrawal assignment in Triple-A today, according to Keegan Matheson of (via Twitter). Mayza has been a staple of Toronto’s bullpen for a number of years, not less so this season when he threw to a 2.88 ERA/3.94 FIP in 41 appearances for a total of 34 1/3 innings. Mayza has been out of action since August 7. The 30-year-old has kept the lefties to a .157/.218/.275 line this season.
  • The Twins are cautiously optimistic that Kenta Maeda would be able to return late in the season to pitch out of the bullpen like he used to for the Dodgers. Maeda is throwing bullpens now, but Baseball Ops president Derek Falvey was noncommittal about Maeda’s ability to show up at the end of the season, according to 5 Eyewitness News’ Darren Wolfson (via Twitter). Maeda is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

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