A calf injury caused the judge to miss almost two weeks ago last month and return for just one game before moving back to IL with further concussions in the same calf. Meanwhile, Stanton has played only 14 games in 2020 due to hamstring strain, which has sidelined him for over a month.
It is the second consecutive injury injury for the former 50-homer sluggers duo. Both judges have been excellent when on the field. The judge has hit .292 / .343 / .738 and Stanton .293 / / 453 / .585, but he has combined for only 125 trips to the plate. The timing of his return next week is quite significant. The Yankees are set to host the Blue Jays for three matches starting on Tuesday, and they will travel to face them in a four-game set next week. The Jays recently leapfrogged the Yankees into the stand and now have a two-game lead over the Boone’s Club, who clash with the No. 8 seed after drawing seven of their last ten games.
The news on Paxton is not good but not unexpected after last night’s update that he would stop throwing for a few days following the agony in his most recent throwing session. Paxton, who also underwent surgery in February, has been limited to five ineffective starts for the Yankees so far in 2020 and is out August 21 due to a Grade 1 flexor strain.
Boone did not make a full comeback in 2020, and a long postseason running for the Yankees would clearly improve his treatment odds to return to the mound. However, uncertainty over his return date also creates the possibility that Paxton, who is a free agent this winter, has thrown his final pitch to the Yankees.