New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman believes outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will be ready to play by Opening Day.
On Monday, Stanton mentioned that he is feeling 100 percent and is ready to serve as the designated hitter.
Giancarlo Stanton said that his calf recently started to feel "100 percent" and he believes that he'll be able to DH when the season begins.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 6, 2020
Stanton was going to be unavailable for the originally-scheduled Opening Day in late March. He suffered a Grade 1 strain of his right calf in February. However, it sounds like Giancarlo Stanton is making progress, which is great news for the Yankees.
Yankees Stars Should Be Ready
Cashman mentioned that he is optimistic that Stanton will be ready to play on Opening Day. In addition, Cashman is also optimistic that Aaron Judge and James Paxton will be available, too. However, he didn’t want to say it with certainty, as he wants. On the bright side, it sounds like all three of them are headed in the right direction.
Judge was hitting off a tee a few weeks ago before the complex closed, after a diagnosed fractured right rib and partially collapsed lung in March. Paxton had back surgery in February, however, it’s not all bad news there. Paxton has been throwing simulated games and is said to be back to 100 percent.
The organization is hopeful that outfielder Aaron Hicks will be ready around Opening Day as well. Hicks had Tommy John surgery in October, but has been hitting over the last few weeks. He mentioned that his arm strength is getting better each of every day.
The Yankees need Giancarlo Stanton’s bat to compete for a title in 2020. Last season, Stanton only played in 18 games for the Bronx Bombers. However, playing more DH should decrease the chances of him getting injured. The 30-year-old slugger has 308 career home runs and is an important factor in the Yankees lineup. Both the organization and the fans are eager to see Giancarlo Stanton on the field again for the Yankees.