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If and when the the 2020 Major League Baseball season begins, which slugger is poised to take home the home run crown?

SNY's Eamon McAnaney and Maria Marino discuss during the latest edition of What are the Odds?

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Feb 17, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu (26) tosses the ball towards second base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Feb 17, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu (26) tosses the ball towards second base during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

When you think of potential MVP candidates on the Yankees, there are quite a few: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres and a former MVP in Giancarlo Stanton come to mind. Even Gerrit Cole can make his case. 

But what about DJ LeMahieu?

Yankee fans all know that LeMahieu was the team's MVP last season, breaking out in a big way in his first season in pinstripes. His 2019 campaign was tremendous, with a triple slash of .327/.375/.518, 102 RBI and 26 homers. Overall, he had a 5.9 WAR. 

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Aaron Judge/Paul O'Neill
Aaron Judge/Paul O'Neill

Aaron Judge is still working hard to recover from the rib stress fracture he suffered last season. It's been a long process, with GM Brian Cashman saying this week Judge may not be fully healed from it until "summertime."

The Yankees obviously love Judge, being that he is the face of the franchise at the moment. He projects to be a perennial All-Star -- if he stays on the field. He's missed over 100 games in the last two seasons, which begs the question of whether or not these injuries will continue to bother him throughout his career. 

Paul O'Neill, who knows a thing or two about playing in right field at Yankee Stadium, believes Judge's massive size makes it hard not to get injured when he does run into the wall or dive, which is what caused his injury.  

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Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge

The MLB pause due to the coronavirus pandemic has given injured Aaron Judge extra time to heal from shoulder and rib issues, but he still might not be ready for the potentially rescheduled Opening Day.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Thursday during a video chat with reporters that while Judge continues to heal, he was never expected to be MLB-ready until the "summertime," noting that Judge "wants to play as much as anybody" and that the Yanks are looking forward to having him back in the lineup.

"Ultimately, the broken rib that Aaron Judge suffered, it's in an area that the blood flow to that region is more difficult," Cashman said. "Blood flow is a significant part of the healing, so that's why the time frame is longer. When it happened, I always felt that we wouldn't see Judge more likely until the summertime."

While "summertime" could theoretically mean June 20, it could also mean any summer date after that.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton, Danny Abriano
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Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Over the past few seasons, the Yankees have been building themselves back into legitimate World Series contenders. A "rebuild," if you even want to call it that because it lasted about a season and a half, involved players like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres and Luis Severino trying to find themselves in the league. 

But it wasn't long before Judge became the AL Rookie of the Year, Sanchez burst onto the scene smashing balls over the wall, Torres became one of the best players in the league at 22 years old, and Severino -- before his Tommy John surgery -- showed dominance on the rubber.

That's why for the past two seasons the Yankees have played late into the postseason, and they just missed competing for a World Series last season when they lost in the ALCS to the Astros. Still, in 2020, they made even more improvements to be the team to beat -- if/when the season starts. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia, DJ LeMahieu, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Aaron Boone/Brian Cashman/Aaron Judge
Aaron Boone/Brian Cashman/Aaron Judge

The foundation for the salvaged 2020 MLB season is expected to be proposed to team owners on Monday with the hope that it can be agreed upon, and then delivered to the players on Tuesday. 

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal broke it all down in his latest report, and the proposal has some interesting tidbits that combine to create an MLB season we've never seen before. 

Here are just a few changes that are expected to be made: 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia, Luis Severino, Thairo Estrada, Tyler Wade, Scott Thompson
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Feb 19, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) waits for a fly ball during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Feb 19, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) waits for a fly ball during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone is back to give the latest updates on his players who are continuing to work hard to get fully healthy before the season starts. 

Last time, everyone was still trending in the right direction, and that is the same news that Boone dropped on SiriusXM MLB Network Radio on Tuesday. 

In Aaron Judge's case, he continues to work on his rib injury, and Boone gave an update regarding his next test to see how his healing process is going. 

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General view of the exterior of Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports)
General view of the exterior of Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

@re2pectjeta: When will baseball resume?

They still don't know. But we can tell you that agents and clubs all seem optimistic that there will be a season. 

Keeping in mind that the coronavirus -- and not humans -- will decide this, one way forward could involve an agreement between the league and players in May, a few weeks of spring training in June, and regular season games in July.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Tommy Kahnle, Andy Martino
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Feb 22, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) poses for a fan photo during the third inning of a MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 22, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) poses for a fan photo during the third inning of a MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

Yankees skipper Aaron Boone spoke at length with YES Network's Meredith Marakovits on Thursday about how his key players that were injured during spring training are currently feeling. 

The first who was brought up was obvious: Aaron Judge. The All-Star outfielder was dealing with a stress fracture in his rib after a whole debacle that began with a sore throwing shoulder. While Boone didn't give an exact diagnosis, he did say that Judge is trending in the right direction. 

"He's in Tampa. We're using this time, he's using this time to continue to heal," Boone said. "I don't really have much more for you other than obviously it's been very productive having the chance to have this time to allow that rib to heal and that is happening. As to where he's at exactly, we don't have anything for you on that yet."

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Aaron Judge has evolved into one of baseball's young superstars, but he has been bitten by the injury bug more than a few times. Michael Conforto, meanwhile, has shown flashes of greatness but still hasn't quite been the consistent star the Mets hoped he would be. 

But which player is the more likely candidate to earn a contract extension? The BNNY crew discusses that topic and a whole lot more as the Lineup Card returns ...

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Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) and center fielder Brett Gardner (11) take the field for warmups wearing number 42 before a game against the Boston Red Sox on Jackie Robinson Day at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) and center fielder Brett Gardner (11) take the field for warmups wearing number 42 before a game against the Boston Red Sox on Jackie Robinson Day at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

This Wednesday would've been Jackie Robinson Day across all of baseball -- a day every player and fan remembers one of the most prolific players ever to play the game. However, we all know the circumstances that currently has the season suspended for the time being. 

But that hasn't stopped MLB from celebrating. 

If you go on MLB.com and look up your favorite players' stats, you'll notice that every jersey number has changed to No. 42. Here's Aaron Judge for example: 

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Aaron Judge/Gleyber Torres
Aaron Judge/Gleyber Torres

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Right now, the Yankees are simply worrying about whether or not they're going to have a season to play in 2020. But, with the hiatus, it's worth examining how this roster is set up at the moment, and more specifically, how it could change next season and in the short-term future. 

This season, the Yankees are primed to contend for a World Series title, and that was evident when GM Brian Cashman said you know what to the luxury tax threshold and paid Gerrit Cole $324 million over the next nine seasons to be his bonafide ace. That was added to the massive amount remaining on Giancarlo Stanton's contract. 

So, as of now, the Yankees are at $239 million, which is well over the $208 million threshold. A World Series would definitely suffice with that kind of spending. But what about spending for the future? 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Alex Rodriguez continued his string of Instagram live interviews with current and former Mets on Tuesday, this time welcoming Keith Hernandez.

After speaking with Pete Alonso on Sunday and then Darryl Strawberry on Monday, A-Rod welcomed Hernandez, the 11-time Gold Glove winner, one of the leaders of the 1986 World Series Champion Mets, and of course, a member of the SNY booth.

Hernandez and Rodriguez touched on a number of different topics, including who some of Hernandez's favorite defensive first basemen in the game today are, but they also spoke about how the game has changed.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Alex Rodriguez, Pete Alonso
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Both Pete Alonso and Aaron Judge took Major League Baseball by storm, with each winning Rookie of the Year in their respective leagues.  

On the latest edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Chris Williamson and contributor Jon Hein discuss which of the two they would rather build their team around  ...

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In the latest edition of Out of Office Replies, SNY contributor Pete McCarthy says Pete Alonso is going to hit more homers than Aaron Judge when the season gets underway, believes the Jets should continue bolstering that o-line, and much more...

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Aaron Judge/Aaron Boone (Adam Hunger)
Aaron Judge/Aaron Boone (Adam Hunger)

No Opening Day baseball is a tough pill to swallow, as the coronavirus pandemic has pushed back the season indefinitely. But for Aaron Judge and manager Aaron Boone, remaining optimistic is the best thing to do in these hard times. 

Thursday was supposed to be the day the Yankees kicked off their 2020 campaign against the Orioles down in Baltimore, so it makes sense these two took the time to tweet out their disappointment about the season not starting on time. 

But that doesn't mean there won't be a season at all, with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred saying on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt on Wednesday that he hopes things can ramp up in May.

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Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 16, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) and manager Aaron Boone (17) talk works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Many Yankees staff members (including manager Aaron Boone) and players have left Tampa for home to wait out the coronavirus pause, but some players (including DJ LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton) remain.

On Wednesday, Boone -- who said he has been checking in regularly with GM Brian Cashman -- spoke to Yankees beat reporters to provide updates on what's been going on in Tampa and elsewhere...

An update on Aaron Judge

Judge, who is recovering from multiple related injuries, is still in "the healing phase" when it comes to his cracked rib and will be re-evaluated in a few weeks.

Like Giancarlo Stanton, the expectation is that Judge will be ready to go when the regular season starts no earlier than May 10.

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Apr 22, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (27), Aaron Hicks (31) and Aaron Judge (99) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 22, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (27), Aaron Hicks (31) and Aaron Judge (99) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

This Thursday was supposed to be Opening Day, but of course, there are far more important things to worry about right now than baseball. 

Still, as SNY's Andy Martino pointed out in his latest article, "MLB is determined to salvage some sort of baseball in 2020." If that is a case, an extremely shortened season is most likely what will occur. 

And with that, some Yankees players actually might not mind the delay. But there are others who most likely feel the opposite way. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia, Domingo German, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Aaron Judge/Blake Snell
Aaron Judge/Blake Snell

Rays ace Blake Snell is a Cy Young winner and one of the best pitchers in the American League. His stuff on the mound is dangerous when it's on, and the Yankees have to see him more than other teams being in the AL East. 

But, during a live stream on SportsCenter's Instagram, Snell began talking about hitters he actually hates to face. And one of them is Aaron Judge

Snell explained to former NBA star Richard Jefferson why he hates facing Judge, and his answer isn't just because the 6-foot-7 slugger can hit a mistake pitch from him a country mile. 

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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field where the New York Yankees hit batting practice during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field where the New York Yankees hit batting practice during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

With new directives potentially coming from the state of Florida in their efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus, the situation at the Yankees' spring training facility in Tampa could be up in the air.

It's possible that fitness centers will be closed soon in the state, with there also potentially being a shelter-in-place order from Hillsborough County, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, who reports that some of the players still working out at the facility are concerned about it shutting down.

"I don't know. That's something I am going to have to think about. Maybe Arizona," Tyler Wade told Ackert about where he might go if the facility closes. "I think a lot of guys are going out there. Hopefully, maybe since our numbers are small, I mean there's three of us, four of us in there not counting the rehab guys. They are doing their thing in the training room... so we're never this close to each other. So hopefully it's beneficial to us."

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Giancarlo Stanton/Aaron Judge
Giancarlo Stanton/Aaron Judge

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

There has been no update from MLB since they released their latest mandate of banning organized workouts at spring camps, as social distancing and even self-quarantining has been the norm for not just players but everyone in the country. 

But when things do return to normal and MLB is allowed to kick off their 2020 season -- whatever that may look like -- the Yankees will have a few roster decisions to make before baseball resumes. 

So while his players are working in any way they can during these tough times, manager Aaron Boone will have to think about issues with his roster and lineup such as...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Deivi Garcia, Giancarlo Stanton, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Gleyber Torres/Giancarlo Stanton/Gary Sanchez
Gleyber Torres/Giancarlo Stanton/Gary Sanchez

As I write this, there was supposed to be just six days until Opening Day. However, the coronavirus pandemic has suspended the season indefinitely. 

MLB is doing what the rest of us are (hopefully) doing in taking the right precautions to counteract the spread of the virus. The league's latest guildelines allows players to remain at their spring facilities if they'd like, but only use of the gym and training facilites are allowed. No more organizated workouts can take place. 

Players like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and others are in still there to stay active and prepare for the season, while manager Aaron Boone is among those that drove home. It's a very sensitive and surreal situation, but it's what we all have to deal with at the moment. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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While giving an update on his injury status, Yankees OF Aaron Judge surprised reporters with yet another ailment he was dealing with. 

Judge's condition initially began as a "minor right shoulder problem," but turned into a stress fracture in his rib as well as shoulder pain. Now he told multiple reporters on Friday that he had, what MLB.com's Bryan Hoch called, pneumothorax. That's better known as a collapsed lung. 

It was undisclosed, but it doesn't matter now because it is "completely gone," said the All-Star. He is now allowed to fly if he so chooses. 

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Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (14) throws the ball to first base for an out during the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Wade (14) throws the ball to first base for an out during the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Though MLB players and coaches are allowed to return to their home cities if they so choose, many have found it easier to stay at their spring training facilities, including a few Yankees. 

Tyler Wade is one of those who has stayed in Tampa to participate in the very limited activities teams are allowed to do under MLB's guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus. And he spoke to reporters on Friday about how that adjustment has been going.

Wade told The Post's George A. King III that he believes Tampa is "the safest place to be." The Yankees still have access to the gym and training facilities, but they're not allowed to have any organized group workouts, whether it is formal or informal. 

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Aaron Boone/Brian Cashman/Aaron Judge
Aaron Boone/Brian Cashman/Aaron Judge

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The United States continues to feel the impact of coronavirus, even moreso than a week ago when MLB and the rest of the major sports leagues shut down. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 6,519 known coronavirus cases in the U.S., with New York (1,717 confirmed cases) having the most in the country. Some cities, including San Francisco, have ordered residents to shelter in place. And New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in the city could be in early-May. 

Earlier this week, in accordance with CDC guidelines recommending for people to practice social distancing, MLB pushed back the start of the regular season even further than the April 9 start date. The second week of May is now the earliest the season will start, and the wait could be much longer.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Deivi Garcia, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, Jonathan Loaisiga, Kyle Higashioka, Luis Cessa, Scott Thompson
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Masahiro Tanaka/DJ LeMahieu/Gerrit Cole
Masahiro Tanaka/DJ LeMahieu/Gerrit Cole

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

We don't know for certain when the 2020 MLB season will get underway, as everyone's main priority is stopping the coronavirus spread throughout the country. 

But when it eventually does, the Yankees have a few players who need to step up big time. Or it could be a lost season. 

And it isn't as dramatic as it sounds. A lost season for the Yankees means not reaching the World Series because, well, that's what this stacked roster is more than capable of achieving. These catalysts, x-factors, pivot players -- whatever you want to call them -- are present on the Yankees depsite so much talent on the roster. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Mar 5, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 5, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

After bagging Gerrit Cole on the free agent market over the winter, the expectations are sky-high for the Yankees in 2020. They've got their October lion to front a playoff rotation and the big bats to back him for what could be a deep postseason run, maybe even all the way to a ticker-tape parade.

What key statistics could fuel the ride? Or derail it? We've spent much of the spring hand-wringing over Yankee injuries (again) and while the club's roster seems deep enough for another season of subsisting on subs, who knows what will happen? 

Just like last year, Injured List numbers will impact the Yankees' season. While we wait for baseball to resume, and it could be a while, let's chew on that and three other numbers that could make or break a pinstriped season:

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Anthony McCarron
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Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge

Yankees OF Aaron Judge is working his way back from a stress fracture of his first right rib. Here's the latest...


Mar. 12, 11:43 AM:

Judge said on Thursday that he is continuing treatment and doing light training, and will get a CT scan before he resumes hitting, per Lindsey Adler of The Athletic

"I'm feeling great," Judge said. "We're progressing really well. I feel like I might be ahead of schedule. I don't know what the schedule is, but I'm kind of pushing there -- the timeline -- as much as I can."

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Mar 3, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton (53) pitching against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Mar 3, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton (53) pitching against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

Yankees LHP Zack Britton was diagnosed with a bruised right wrist Wednesday, after getting hit by a line drive during his live BP session. 

X-rays and a CT scan were negative, the team said. The injury occurred after Eric Kratz laced a pitch right back at him.

The Yankees can breathe a sign of relief now that one of their key back-end bullpen pieces didn't suffer a severe injury. Britton is normally the Yankees' set-up man to Aroldis Chapman, and he played well in that role last season with a 1.91 ERA over 66 appearances. 

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Feb 26, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) fields a ball against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Feb 26, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) fields a ball against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

Seven Yankees were ranked among ESPN's top 100 MLB players list 2020, a list that was compiled by polling 40 "writers, analysts, contributors, and insiders."

The Yankees who made the list:

Giancarlo Stanton, No. 82
Gary Sanchez, No. 63
Aroldis Chapman, No. 58
DJ LeMahieu, No. 57
Gleyber Torres, No. 32
Aaron Judge, No. 15
Gerrit Cole, No. 2

Cole, who was behind only Angels outfielder Mike Trout on the list, was ranked one spot ahead of Mets ace Jacob deGrom, who has won back-to-back Cy Young awards in the National League.

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Jonathan Loaisiga (Butch Dill)
Jonathan Loaisiga (Butch Dill)

The Yankees scored six runs in the eighth inning in their 7-4 win over the Pirates on Saturday. >> Box score

5 things to know from Saturday's game...

1) Jonathan Loaisiga allowed his first runs this spring: a two-run homer to former Yankee John Ryan Murphy in the second inning. Loaisiga allowed two runs on two hits and walked none while striking out two in his 2.0 innings of work. He has a 2.57 ERA this spring (two earned runs in seven innings). He also has 11 strikeouts this spring, good for a 14.1 K/9.

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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees were masters of the contingency plan during last season's record-breaking injury-fest. That's the, um, good news? 

The bad news, of course, is that the club may have to be without another star for awhile after revealing Friday that Aaron Judge has a stress fracture in his first right rib. The injury could require surgery, though the Yanks' plan now is for Judge to rest for two weeks and be re-evaluated. Even if he's improved by then, Opening Day sounds unlikely. 

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Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, who has been out due to shoulder and chest issues while undergoing a battery of tests, has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of the first right rib, manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Friday.

According to Boone, the injury likely happened in September when Judge hurt himself diving, and shows signs of healing.

The plan for now is for the team to reassess Judge in two weeks to see if the bone is healing, and to hopefully have a timetable at that point. If rest does not work, surgery could be possible, Boone added.

"You could do surgery at some point to remove the rib," Boone said. "So I wouldn't say that's off the table, but that's not -- you wouldn't want to go do that right now, especially if the bone is healing."

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Sep 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) follows through on a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) follows through on a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are two of baseball's best power hitters, so it should be no surprise to see both of their names as some of the favorites to hit the most home runs during the 2020 season.

According to BetOnline.ag, Judge is tied for the second-best betting odds to take home the home run crown.

Here are the odds for who will hit the most regular season home runs in 2020...

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Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge

Injured Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge still doesn't have an answer for what's causing his chest/shoulder pain, is still undergoing tests to determine the cause, but is not ruling himself out for Opening Day.

"One day I'll wake up and the chest is feeling good, next day (the) shoulder is feeling bad," Judge said Thursday, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "Next day, the shoulder is feeling good. It's just kind of back and forth right now. ... I'm pretty frustrated with it. I want to be out there with my team, battling and supporting them on the field. Hopefully that's why we're talking to a lot of doctors, trying to get some answers."

Regarding the specific tests he's been undergoing, Judge said that "quite a few" of them have come back clean, which is why they're still trying to figure out exactly what is wrong.

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Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge

Unlike Yankees GM Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone seems at least a little optimistic that injured Aaron Judge will be ready for Opening Day.

"I just, I don't know. I mean, I think we're gonna sit here and speculate. I think it's premature," Boone said Tuesday, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. "I understand you want the answer on it but, you know, the bottom line is (he's) been doing better the last few days so until we get to the bottom of what exactly is going on. If anything, then we'll have a better idea."

Cashman told reporters on Tuesday that Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are unlikely to be ready by on Opening Day. 

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Mar 3, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton (53) pitching against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Mar 3, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton (53) pitching against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

ESPN has been having all-access interviews during its spring training broadcasts, and though there's only been two games where players are mic'd up, some jabs are already being taken at the Astros and Red Sox for sign stealing.

It was Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo on Monday referencing the Astros' trash can banging while at the plate, and on Tuesday during the Yankees-Red Sox broadcast, LHP Zack Britton had his own comment to make when color commentator Alex Rodriguez asked what the veteran reliever is working on in spring training with his pitches. 

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On Tuesday morning, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that both Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are unlikely to be available for Opening Day on March 28 against the Baltimore Orioles.

Judge has undergone 'a number of tests' on his right shoulder, the same shoulder he injured while diving for a ball in right field late last season. 

And while Judge has established himself as one of the game's young superstars, he's already dealt with a variety of injuries in his young career, from a left oblique injury last season to a wrist fracture in 2018.

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Welp. 

That's exactly how Yankee fans feel when hearing GM Brian Cashman say that two of the team's best hitters in Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are both "unlikely" for Opening Day. Judge's situation began as a "minor right shoulder problem," and now Cashman is saying it's two separate injuries in his shoulder and pec. 

Cashman said he's "responding well" to his multitude of tests, but there still isn't a timeline for his return, making his status for Opening Day the way it is.

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Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) warms up with left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) before game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 8, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) warms up with left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) before game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman gave much-awaited updates on outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, but it wasn't what Yankee fans wanted to hear. 

Cashman told reporters on Tuesday that Judge and Stanton are unlikely to be available for the Yankees on Opening Day. 

According to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, Judge is "responding well" to the multiple tests he's going through on his right shoulder, and he will have more on Tuesday. But the biggest update on Judge's situation was Cashman saying his All-Star is dealing with two different injuries in his shoulder and pec, per The Daily News' Kristie Ackert.

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Feb 22, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) poses for a fan photo during the third inning of a MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Feb 22, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) poses for a fan photo during the third inning of a MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Friday that the team is unsure of if or when Aaron Judge will take outside batting practice, which would be the next step in the star right fielder's recovery timeline from a shoulder issue that has slowed his start at spring training.

Later, Boone told YES Network that Judge has had a 'number of tests' performed on his shoulder, including an MRI, with all coming back negative. He will have another test on Monday.

Judge was healthy upon reporting Feb. 17 to George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida, but he had what the Yankees described as a "minor right shoulder problem" flare up and sidelined him the following day.

Boone revealed Feb. 18 that the Yankees would hold Judge out for at least the first spring training game. Ten days later, Judge remained out of action, with Newsday reporting that the Yankees are still mulling the 27-year-old slugger's return timeline.

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Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) walks out to batting practice as he works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) walks out to batting practice as he works out during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Injured Giancarlo Stanton, who is dealing with a grade 1 calf strain, said on Friday that "there's no words" to describe how frustrated he is at suffering another injury.

Stanton, whose status for Opening Day is in doubt, said he's not sure how long he will be shut down from baseball activity and did not know what his timeline was for a potential return, according to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic.

Explaining that the injury occurred while running in the outfield on a redirect, Stanton -- who noted that he had increased his flexibility and mobility work the day of the injury -- said he was "not surprised" to hear the results of his MRI. 

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Feb 21, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) winks for the camera during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Feb 21, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) winks for the camera during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Miguel Andujar has been taking outfield reps in spring training, and manager Aaron Boone has said he will see some real game action there soon. 

That first shot comes Wednesday.

Facing off against the Nationals in Tampa, Andujar will be hitting sixth and playing left field for the Yankees to see exactly what he's got at the position. 

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Sep 28, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Shane Roper-USA TODAY Sports (Shane Roper)
Sep 28, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Shane Roper-USA TODAY Sports (Shane Roper)

In Luis Severino's first public comments since Brian Cashman announced that the right-hander would need to undergo Tommy John surgery, the two-time All-Star promised to come back "stronger than ever."

Severino, via a statement released on Tuesday evening, confirmed that he has elected to have the surgery after consulting with the Yankees, his family, and his representatives. He also said that he is "extremely disappointed that I will not be able to put on a Yankees uniform and compete with my teammates this year."


Feb 25, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) smiles during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 25, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) smiles during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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Just over a year ago, when word spread through the Yankees spring training complex in Tampa that the team had agreed to a four-year, $40 million contract extension with Luis Severino, the first blush of criticism fell on the pitcher and his agents.

Agents, rival executives and some players wondered how the young ace could settle for such a below-market deal. 

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Feb 19, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) waits for a fly ball during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Feb 19, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) waits for a fly ball during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, who has been dealing with a shoulder issue, could make his Grapefruit League debut at some point next week, manager Aaron Boone said on Tuesday, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.

After being shut down from hitting for a few days (and not throwing at the beginning of last week), Judge began his hitting program this past Friday.

Judge had been prohibited from hitting since last Monday, but he and Boone have viewed his shoulder issue as minor.

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Feb 21, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Feb 21, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (41) looks on during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

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Days before Miguel Andujar decided to have season-ending shoulder surgery last May, the team was preparing to option him to Triple-A Scranton.

Andujar had finished in second place the year before in American League Rookie of the Year voting, but was not performing after a return from the disabled list. The Yankees couldn't carry him anymore. 

Everyone involved concluded that the issue was injury, not talent or skill, so Andujar made the difficult decision to shut it down for the year.

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Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) works out at batting practice during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier (77) works out at batting practice during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Clint Frazier played in just 69 games for the Yankees in 2019, mainly when the team was dealing with injuries in the outfield. The 25-year-old split his time between the big leagues and in Triple-A with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

This season, Frazier is focused on making the Yankees' Opening Day roster, especially since the MLB expanded roster sizes by one player to 26 total players.

At one point, I was starting left field (for the Yankees)," Frazier told Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. "And then at another point, I was starting left field in (Triple-A) Scranton. I have my eyes on that other spot (starting for Yankees)

 

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

PORT ST. LUCIE -- The voices pushing MLB to strip the Houston Astros of their 2017 championship have grown louder this week, with the Yankees' Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton joining the chorus.

Baseball players, executives and fans are angry and unsatisfied, wanting the Astros to face stiffer consequences for their cheating. According to two high-ranking rival executives, many owners are far more angry about the scandal -- and at Astros owner Jim Crane personally -- than the league anticipated they would be.

MLB understands all this, but remains unlikely to take the aggressive step for which many are calling.

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