Right fielder Aaron Judge couldn’t be seen in line-up for third straight day when Yankees played final game of their spring training Monday.
That, unsurprisingly, set off an alarm with the fans; however Aaron Boone stated that the Judge should be good to play for the season opener on Thursday against the Jays.
Briefly after Boone’s statement, Yankees GM Brian Cashman offered additional information on Judge and said that he reportedly wasn’t feeling good due to seasonal allergies; however he was still asked to follow the coronavirus protocols for ruling that away.
As for the health status of Judge ahead of the season opening on Thursday, both Boone and Cashman hope that Judge will be just fine and starting afresh as the season begins.
Cashman further said that Tampa’s pollen down could be pretty bad around this time, saying other team players had also been affected by the seasonal allergies in spring. Mix up those symptoms with the coronavirus pandemic, and the team took the decision to follow the protocols and precautions to be on the safer side.
Notably, Judge hit his first homer of spring against Phillies. He projects to reach second in Yankees lineup on Thursday’s regular season, starting in the right field.