As usual, the New York Yankees are entering this season with championship expectations. However, the 27-time World Series champions are dealing with a bunch of injuries to key players on their roster.
James Paxton and Luis Severino have been shut down for the foreseeable future. Paxton underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy to remove a cyst near his lower back, meanwhile Severino is dealing with discomfort in his forearm.
The Yankees are also trying to be cautious with Aaron Judge, who is dealing with a shoulder injury. The former Rookie of the Year has dealt with a few injuries over the past two seasons, including a broken wrist.
Fortunately for New York, the All-Star outfielder seems to be progressing well. According to YES Network’s Jack Curry, Judge tested his shoulder on Saturday by hitting off a tee for the second-straight day.
If the Yankees are going to win a World Series this season, they’ll need Judge at 100 percent.
Not only does Judge provide a ton of power in the middle of their lineup, he’s an exceptional fielder and is one of the best at robbing opposing teams’ home runs.
Last season, Judge had a .272 batting average, 27 homers and 55 RBI.
Hopefully for the Yankees, Judge is ready for Opening Day on March 26.