TAMPA — Aaron Judge’s numbers are scary, a career .952 OPS.
Here is the really frightening number: 110 games missed over the past two years due to injury.
And now, when a player is supposed to be at his healthiest, in spring training, Judge can’t get on the field for batting practice. Judge is dealing with a shoulder issue with pain migrating to the right pectoral area.
The Yankees offered no real answers on Tuesday, saying Judge is still going through tests. Judge was not available to the media, but in an interview with WFAN, Brian Cashman said, “I know he feels so much better [Monday] and [Tuesday], and optimistic.’’
Judge did move quickly through the clubhouse before the Yankees rolled to a 9-1 Steinbrenner Field clubbing of the Red Sox, who have their own injury issues with Chris Sale out.
Both Judge and Giancarlo Stanton will not be ready for Opening Day. That is reality.
The Yankees have not made it official, but basically that’s what Cashman said earlier Tuesday, noting of Judge, “I don’t see him ready by Opening Day.’’
If this injury lingers, it is time to wonder if Judge can stay healthy. His swing is violent and perhaps puts too much of a…