Yankees manager Aaron Boone spoke to reporters at Yankee Stadium Saturday, as the team worked out due to the postponement of their series against the Mets.
He provided an update to the long list of injuries to his squad, including James Paxton, who felt forearm tightness his start Thursday. Paxton won't throw for 14 days, but an MRI showed that his UCL was in good shape and the manager said that Tommy John surgery isn't imminent.
Here's the rest of what Boone had to say regarding his banged-up roster.
ON AARON JUDGE BEING BACK WHEN PLAY RESUMES
That's the expectation. He looks good. So I expect that when we return Aaron will be in there.
Giancarlo and Aaron were both on the field hitting yesterday, hitting off velocity. Giancarlo did some running outside on the field, probably at about half-speed. He continues to make really good improvements. Nothing imminent there, but he making steady improvements.
I would say it's at least a couple weeks. Probably in that two-to-three week range.
ON DJ LEMAHIEU
He hit some off the tee today and took some light groundballs. He continues to make some really good improvements. We're excited about how he's progressed since the injury took. He was in some pretty good pain and had some swelling and a lack of range of motion. Most all of that has come back. The fact that he was able to swing the bat and take some ground balls today continues to be an encouraging sign.
ON INJURY-PLAGUED ROSTER
I think [ramping up too quickly] is a contributing factor no question. It's a unique year in so many ways and when the body does things that are not exactly what you train for then that can cause some issues. We're hoping in most of these cases they're more towards the minor side. Hopefully that remains the case and we can get through the bit of adversity we were dealt with this week.
ON ANOTHER SEASON FILLED WITH INJURIES
I think the uniqueness of the season is a contributor, without question. While we did the overhaul [of the strength and conditioning stafff], the overhaul happened in January. So we haven't had an offseason yet since we've overhauled it. This has all been kind of on the fly, getting up to speed in Spring Training and now into the season in what's been a very unique year. I'm confident in our strength and conditioning team that we're going to do a good job in preventing certain things from happening. Hopefully when we look back in a couple of years, we'll see those dividends being paid.
ON HAVING DAYS OFF TO RECOVER FROM INJURIES
I don't love the few days. I'd rather be playing right now and getting back out there. You never like to go into an off day or two after losses. But we'll try and make the most of it. This is a year where you have to make adjustments. It allows us to reset a little bit. In Aaron's case it allows us to get him back, but other guys need to speed up that clock a little bit.