Judge Still Aiming To Play Opening Day Despite No Answers On Shoulder/Chest

Yankees Slugger 'Frustrated' After Undergoing Series Of Tests

Ryan Chatelain
March 05, 2020 - 10:30 am

Aaron Judge is not ruling out opening day despite still having no conclusive diagnosis on his ailing right shoulder and chest.

Talking to reporters Monday in Tampa, Florida, the Yankees slugger said he's "frustrated" that a battery of tests has yet to reveal what is causing discomfort in both his right shoulder and right pec area. But he said he's still aiming to be ready for the Yankees' season opener at Baltimore on March 26, exactly three weeks away.

Judge arrived at spring training with the issue and has not played in any Grapefruit League games.

"The goal is always to be ready for opening day," the All-Star right fielder said. "You only need about 30 at-bats to get ready for the season. I’ve still got plenty of time for that. If I don’t get them here, I can go on the back field." 

Aaron Judge is seen during workouts on Oct. 2, 2018, one day before the 2018 American League wild-card game at Yankee Stadium.

But Judge said he and the Yankees first need to get answers about what's plaguing him.

"We want to figure out what’s going on because quite a few of the tests are coming back clean," he said. 

General manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that it's unlikely Judge will be ready for the season opener. On Wednesday, Cashman said Judge had undergone "seven to 10" rounds of testing, and Judge indicated that he's not done yet.