Aaron Judge described it as a “silver lining,” and in the midst of all this coronavirus-infected darkness, we understand what the Yankees’ rehabbing rightfielder was trying to say.
Yes, the regular season being on hold indefinitely gives Judge — along with recovering teammates James Paxton (back surgery) and Giancarlo Stanton (calf strain) — the unprecedented opportunity to be ready for whenever Opening Day happens to be. The same is true with the Mets across town, where Michael Conforto is dealing with a Grade 1 oblique strain and Yoenis Cespedes is coming back from twin heel surgeries followed by a boar-induced ankle fracture.
Rather than sitting out the first few weeks, or more than a month, all of these players should be healthy by the time Major League Baseball gets the green light — if it ever does. Judge particularly needed the extra time because of a confounding stress fracture in his first right rib and a collapsed lung.
“That’s the silver lining in all of this,” Judge told reporters Friday outside of Steinbrenner Field. “Just having the ability to not feel rushed trying to get back for a certain date, especially since we really don’t have a date. Just trying to let it heal. Don’t try to rush it.”
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