Cashman: Judge, Stanton Unlikely To Be Ready For Opening Day


Ailing Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are unlikely to be ready for opening day, general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday.

Judge has been dealing with a shoulder/pec issue since he arrived at spring training last month. He has undergone a series of tests and was scheduled for at least two more, Cashman told reporters in Tampa, Florida. So far, there is no diagnosis, the Yankees' GM said.

"We had a predetermined amount of tests that we wanted him to do to rule everything out, so he's running through that car wash now," Cashman told WFAN's "Moose and Maggie" show. "Today was another two tests, and tomorrow there's a possibility of one more. But they're not tests that are, because we saw something, we need to do another one." 

The Yankees first described the issue as right shoulder "soreness." Cashman, however, said Tuesday the issue has now "moved down toward the pec."

Cashman said Judge has been feeling better in recent days and is responding well to therapy. While those signs are encouraging, the general manager said that it's doubtful Judge, who has yet to play in a spring training game, could be ready for the March 26 season opener at Baltimore.

"I think there's a lot of optimism that whatever's happened, it's more muscle related," Cashman said. "But again, it's premature."

Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron JudgeKim Klement/USA TODAY Images

Stanton suffered a Grade 1 calf strain during workouts last week. Cashman said that between healing and rehab, he believes it's "unrealistic" to think Stanton could be in the opening day lineup.

“That doesn’t mean I’m right, but I would say it’s better to assume he won’t be ready, but he will be in theory ready in April at some point,” Cashman told reporters.

Injuries have been a growing concern for Judge and Stanton in recent years. 

Judge has missed time over the past two seasons with an oblique strain and broken wrist. He also underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder after his 2017 Rookie of the Year season. 

Knee, biceps, shoulder and calf injuries limited Stanton to 18 regular-seaon games last season. The former National League MVP and two-time home run champ returned for the playoffs but then a quad strain knocked him out for four of the six ALCS games against the Astros.