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.
In all, since becoming a full-time player, Judge has played in 369 of a possible 486 regular-season games, but he's missed significant portions of the schedule the last two seasons, and now likely won't be on the field for the start of the 2020 season.
So just how concerned should the Yankees be?
SNY's Andy Martino was a guest on Tuesday's edition of The Thread, and he addressed that very topic.
"Big picture here, Aaron Judge's entire career has been marked by injuries. One year he missed significant time when he was hit on the wrist by a pitch, but otherwise it's been obliques, it's been shoulder, now we're talking about the pectoral," said Martino.
"This is a superstar level talent and somebody who in many ways seemed like he was going to inherit face of the franchise post-Derek Jeter, and while that could still happen, you have, really, a guy who's risking getting that 'injury-prone' label and just not being able to stay on the field as much as the Yankees need their key player to do."
The Yankees undoubtedly have high hopes for the 2020 season, as the offseason signing of Gerrit Cole took the team's already high expectations to an even loftier level. And while time will tell exactly how significant Judge's current injury is, starting the season without their superstar right fielder is not what they had in mind.