TAMPA — In a perfect world, Aaron Judge would have enough time to be ready for Opening Day.
However, the third and fourth words of that lede don’t apply to the Yankees when it comes to health.
One season removed from wearing out the injured list with 39 moves, the Yankees already have lost Luis Severino for the season because of Tommy John surgery, might be without James Paxton until at least May due to back surgery, shut down Giancarlo Stanton with a Grade 1 right calf strain and haven’t seen Judge progress to taking batting practice on the field. He was swinging against coach-pitching indoors until the problem returned this past weekend.
Judge was scheduled for tests on Monday that the Yankees hoped would discover the reason the right fielder was feeling discomfort in the right shoulder/pectoral muscle area for a second time since he arrived in Florida before spring training officially started. According to Aaron Boone, an MRI on Saturday was negative but further tests were scheduled for Monday. The Yankees didn’t discuss the results of the tests.
So, it is a possibility the Yankees won’t have Judge and Stanton in the lineup when the Yankees start their…