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Yanks optimistic Judge, Paxton, Hicks, Stanton healthy
NEW YORK — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is optimistic Aaron Judge, James Paxton, Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton will be ready to play in time for New York's rescheduled opener at World Series champion Washington on July 23. Judge did not play in any exhibition games due to discomfort in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder that he felt when swinging. The Yankees said March 6 that the right fielder had a stress fracture to his first right rib, an injury likely dating from a diving catch late last season. Judge later said he had a collapsed lung. Paxton had surgery Feb. 5 to repair a herniated disk in his back and to remove a peridiscal cyst.
Theare getting healthy just in time for the regular season.
General manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that he's optimistic that outfielders, , and , as well as left-hander , will be available for Opening Day, though he stopped short of issuing a guarantee.
"We're very optimistic as of right now that maybe (Judge's) proclamation that he would be ready for Opening Day and in the lineup would ring true," Cashman said, according to.
Cashman was similarly cautious when it came to Stanton, whom he sees as being available primarily as a designated hitter to start the season.
Yankees hold 1st camp intrasquad game of virus era
NEW YORK — No fans. No music. A bullpen catcher calling balls and strikes. Still, for one night at least, the New York Yankees played something resembling a baseball game in the Bronx. “It felt great, actually,” said starter J.A. Happ, who pitched for Team Yankees against Team Bombers. “It was a little bit strange, but I was actually surprised at the adrenaline, and I heard a couple of other guys saying the same thing.” The Yankees held their first intrasquad game of summer camp Monday as they prepare for a condensed 60-game season that starts in 2 1/2 weeks.
Yankees injury updates from Cashman:
-Paxton: “Appears game-ready.”
-Hicks: “I’m sure he thinks he’ll be game-ready by Opening Day, and I think that’s possible.”
-Stanton: “I think if you’re shooting for the DH role, he could be game-ready."— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler)
Judge has been working his way back from a broken rib. He's missed time in 2018 due to a wrist injury and 2019 with an oblique strain.
Stanton has similarly dealt with a number of injuries since the beginning of last season. He was limited to 72 total plate appearances due to biceps, shoulder, and knee ailments. A calf strain has sidelined him since February, and he was originally expected to miss the start of the season before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
Tanaka doing well; Yanks to air intrasquad game Monday
NEW YORK — The Yankees had their Sunday brightened by Masahiro Tanaka, who came to the ballpark and seemed well a day after being hit in the head by Giancarlo Stanton’s line drive. They’re hoping Yankee Stadium’s lights will do the same this week. Encouraged by Tanaka’s progress after Saturday’s scare, the Yankees are planning to hold intrasquad night games Monday and Tuesday in the Bronx as they prepare for the July 23 start of a 60-game regular season condensed by the coronavirus pandemic. The 7 p.m. scrimmages will both air on YES Network, giving fans at least a couple of live looks at the defending AL East champions this summer. Left-hander J.A.
Paxton underwent back surgery in February to remove a cyst and was originally expected to miss three-to-four months. In late May, the southpaw said he was fully healed and ready to pitch.
Hicks appeared in just 59 games for the Yankees in 2019 because of a lower back strain and then a right flexor strain in his elbow. Tommy John surgery was initially recommended but was later deemed unnecessary.
New York was baseball's most heavily injured team in 2019. Despite the amount of manpower lost to the IL, the Yankees still reached the ALCS but lost to the Houston Astros in six games.
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