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.
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.
"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.
As for Stanton, he recently had "no words" for how angry he is to be dealing with a Grade 1 calf strain. There hasn't been a timeline given for his return yet.
The injury occurred while running in the outfield, and Stanton told The Athletic's Lindsey Adler last week that the strain "makes it seem like I didn't take care of myself" during the offseason. Stanton suffered a calf strain last season among his many injuries that kept him sidelined.
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.