There’s no telling when the Yankees and the rest of baseball might start playing again, but in the meantime, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are among those who have remained in Tampa, trying to make sure they are healthy if and when the sport resumes this season.
“We’re using this time and he’s using this time to continue to heal,’’ Aaron Boone said of Judge on Thursday on the YES Network. “Obviously, it’s been very productive having the chance to have this time to allow the rib to heal. And that is happening.”
Judge had been out with a fractured rib that he believes he suffered on a diving play in right field last September. Boone also thinks Judge’s punctured lung occurred on the same play.
On Thursday, Boone didn’t have an exact prognosis for Judge, other than to note that the added time off would be beneficial for the right fielder, as well as Stanton and James Paxton.
Stanton, like Judge, is in Tampa and has recovered from the strained calf that sidelined him during spring training.
“When we get ready to go, he should certainly be ready to be back and be part of things,’’ Boone said of the oft-injured Stanton.
As for Paxton, who underwent back surgery in February after first experiencing pain in the area during his final regular-season outing and pitched through discomfort during three postseason outings, he is throwing bullpens sessions and progressing.
“He’s done great,’’ Boone said of the left-hander. “We feel really good about the decision to go ahead and get the surgery. Every step of the way, it’s gone pretty smoothly for him. I think he threw maybe his fifth bullpen the other day and continues to report it’s going really well. We’re really encouraged with James.”