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Yankees' Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton not likely to be ready for opening day

Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton almost certainly won't be ready for opening day. (Photo by J. Conrad Williams, Jr./Newsday RM via Getty Images)

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman delivered some disappointing news to fans on Tuesday morning: sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are both expected to miss opening day due to injuries.

Judge has been dealing with a pectoral/shoulder issue that’s defied diagnosis despite numerous tests. He was held out of the team’s first full squad batting practice in mid-February due to shoulder soreness and had appeared to be slowly progressing toward full strength. He took live batting practice on Feb. 29 and reported feeling improved after receiving treatment the next day, but apparently the pain had migrated from his shoulder to his right pectoral muscle.

The Yankees haven’t been able to figure out exactly what’s causing the soreness, and are sending Judge for more tests.

Between the lack of a diagnosis and the ramp-up he’ll need once he’s healthy, Judge almost certainly won’t be ready for opening day.

Stanton has been dealing with a grade 1 calf strain since last week, which he sustained while doing work in the outfield. While Stanton isn’t experiencing any mysterious pain like Judge is, healing from the calf strain will take him out of consideration for opening day.

Injuries caused Stanton to miss all but 18 regular season games in 2019, while Judge missed 60 total games. With the two of them out, the Yankees’ outfield is likely to feature Clint Frazier, Mike Tauchman, and Brett Gardner, with possible appearances from Miguel Andujar.

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