TAMPA — Don’t look for Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton in the Yankees’ lineup on Opening Day against the Orioles later this month.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman explained Tuesday morning at Steinbrenner Field the corner outfielders likely won’t make it back from a pectoral muscle problem and a Grade 1 strain of the right calf, respectively, in time for the March 26 game at Camden Yards.
“Obviously with 3½ weeks to Opening Day we would rather be safe than sorry, so my gut would be that he wouldn’t be ready by Opening Day,” Cashman said of Stanton, whose injury needs four to six weeks to heal. He suffered it on Feb. 25. “I don’t say I am right, but it is better to assume he wouldn’t be ready. Will he be ready in April at some point? The answer should be yes, but Opening Day in late March I would say more likely not.”
As for Judge, who had one test done Tuesday morning and was headed for another one in the afternoon, Cashman referenced the calendar and had similar comments.
“Right now, more likely than not I don’t see him being ready for Opening Day because of the time frame: 3½ weeks,” Cashman said of Judge, whose discomfort has moved from the…