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.
As far as Opening Day, GM Brian Cashman said earlier this week that it is unlikely Judge will be ready, while manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday that it's "premature" to count Judge out.
Judge said Thursday that he would only need about 30 at-bats to get ready for the season, but that he can't begin taking those at-bats until he gets clarity on what is causing his issues.
Cashman told reporters on Wednesday that Judge had been through "seven to 10" rounds of testing, though he said he would not give a "drip, drip, drip" of details until the team has the complete information they need.
"I don't see him ready by Opening Day because of the timeframe," Cashman said, via Hoch. "It's three-and-a-half weeks. There's just the healing and then having to have a Spring Training."
This all began as a "minor right shoulder problem" after Judge came into spring training healthy on Feb. 17. Then, he was shut down as the Yankees tried to figure out what is wrong with him. Judge has been doing little things, but there has been no batting practice outside after hitting live in the cage last Thursday.
With Giancarlo Stanton also expected to be out on Opening Day, the Yankees will once again need to rely on their roster depth to pick up the slack. Clint Frazier and Mike Tauchman figure to be the two replacements at the moment, but Miguel Andujar could also be an option as he has been getting time in the outfield this spring.