Stanton would be playing for Yankees if MLB wasn't postponed – Boone


New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said slugger Giancarlo Stanton would be in the line-up if games were being played in MLB after making progress from a calf injury.

The start of the MLB season has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it has given players like Stanton a chance to regain their fitness for when the campaign eventually gets underway.

Stanton – the 2017 National League MVP – is continuing to recover from a Grade 1 strain of his right calf but Boone told YES Network: "G is doing great. If we were to start Spring Training games up tomorrow, he'd probably be ready to go.

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"He's been doing really well, hitting now for a few weeks, but running pretty much at full speed outside and changing directions -- doing pretty much all the things necessary to get into a game.

"He's doing good and that's the one silver lining, it's a chance for guys to get healed up."

Boone also provided an update on another All-Star, Aaron Judge.

Judge suffered a stress fracture in his right rib, as well as a collapsed lung and the Yankees star is set to have a CT scan in two weeks to evaluate his progress.

"It's just making sure that was healed, because that's when you have the concerns of flying," Boone said. "He's healed in that regard and hopefully now, obviously again this is hopefully a time where he can get that proper rest to allow that rib to heal properly. Hopefully when it's time to play ball again, Aaron is with us."

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