WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — As Angel Hernandez jogged slowly away from the premature end of spring training, the umpire uttered words that nobody hopes are right.
“See you guys in June,’’ Hernandez said to a group of baseball writers outside the Yankees’ clubhouse Thursday afternoon at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
MLB suspended spring training games and delayed the start of the regular season at least two weeks on Thursday because of the coronavirus pandemic after all 30 clubs participated in a conference call and consulted with the Players Association.
According to manager Aaron Boone, the Yankees have plans to continue workouts in Tampa and possibly hold intrasquad games in order to stay baseball-ready for whenever the regular season starts. A two-week stoppage would result in the Yankees opening the season on April 10 in Oakland if MLB picks up the original schedule.
“From my understanding right now, we stay [in Florida] to work out as a club and everything is within our club,’’ Boone said after a 6-3 win over the Nationals. “My guess is that it remains a fluid situation, obviously. We will take MLB’s lead and the situation’s lead and hopefully get…