TAMPA — Considering James Paxton arrived in spring training coming off back surgery, Aaron Judge hasn’t taken batting practice yet due to a barking right shoulder, Giancarlo Stanton suffered a strained right calf Tuesday and Luis Severino underwent Tommy John surgery Thursday, Hal Steinbrenner was asked if he believed the Yankees were snake bit by injuries.
“Stanton was disappointing, but if you asked me if it would happen now or September I would take now,” Steinbrenner told The Post in a Steinbrenner Field hallway before Thursday’s game against the Rays. “The good news is that it is not serious and he will be back.”
Stanton, who has a Grade 1 strain, was spotted Thursday walking with director of medical services Steve Donohue toward an exit in the morning and the duo were seen walking back toward the clubhouse early in the afternoon.
Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said it will likely be a close call whether Stanton is ready for Opening Day on March 26 in Baltimore.
“It will probably put us up against it a little bit. I would say it is time for him to get back but then getting built up and stuff, we will see,” said Boone, who explained Stanton would be…