Part 19 in a series analyzing the New York Yankees.
There is no denying if the season gets underway in July the Yankees will have benefited from the delayed start by virtue of having Giancarlo Stanton and possibly Aaron Judge, who each wouldn’t have been ready for Opening Day on March 26.
Since Stanton and Judge have higher profiles, the “blessing in disguise’’ description was affixed to the power-hitting outfielders. However, lefty starter James Paxton is also in that conversation.
Due to back surgery in February, the 31-year-old wasn’t expected to return until June, which would have left a hole in the starting rotation that also would have been without Domingo German (suspended) and Luis Severino, who was lost for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late February.
Now, if the season starts in July, Paxton should be ready to fall in behind ace Gerrit Cole and join Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ and Jordan Montgomery in the rotation.
Paxton, who is pitching simulated games at his home in Wisconsin and eligible for free agency in November whether games are played or not, appears to have fully recovered from…