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."
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 had more on Tuesday.
In fact, Cashman told reporters on Wednesday that Judge has now been through "seven to 10" rounds of testing, though the Yankees GM said he would not give a "drip, drip, drip" of details until the team has the complete information they need.
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 Ackert.
"I don't see him ready by Opening Day because of the time frame," 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 both of these slugging outfielders 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.
Judge and Stanton won't be the only key cogs for the Yankees to be sidelined when the season starts, as Luis Severino was lost for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and James Paxton will need to miss at least the first month following back surgery to remove a cyst.