Cashman: Judge and Stanton both considered unlikely to appear in Opening Day lineup
The Yankees will most likely have to start the 2020 season without two of their best players. Earlier today, General Manager Brian Cashman said that both Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are unlikely to appear in the Yankees’ Opening Day lineup.
At this time, Judge is reportedly still undergoing tests to determine the cause of discomfort in his right pectoral muscle. However, Brian Cashman did say that Judge has been responding well to the treatments he has received over the last 48 hours. No diagnosis has been reported and there has not yet been a date set for Judge to continue on-field baseball activities.
Cashman told reporters, “I don’t see him ready by Opening Day because of the time frame… It’s 3 1/2 weeks, and just then the healing and then having to have a Spring Training.”
Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton is still recovering from a a calf injury he suffered back on February 25th during the team’s defensive drills. Cashman has said that he believes Stanton will be ready to play sometime in April.
“My gut would be that he wouldn’t be ready by Opening Day; doesn’t mean I’m right,” Cashman said. “I would say it’s better to assume he won’t be ready. Will he be, in theory, ready in April? At some point the answer should be yes. But Opening Day in late March, I’d say more likely than not.”
The Yankees will open the regular season against the Baltimore Orioles on March 26th. New York will play their home opener on April 2nd against the Toronto Blue Jays.