New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge may benefit from the delay of the season. Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Judge has jokingly pointed out how Major League Baseball’s decision to cancel spring training games and delay Opening Day by at least two weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic has a silver lining, at least for him personally.

The New York Yankees slugger has been hampered throughout spring training by a perplexing injury that was causing soreness in the pectoral area near his right shoulder. Unable to initially pinpoint the cause, the team’s medical staff ultimately determined Judge had a stress fracture in his top right rib.

Even without having to undergo a procedure which would have shelved him for an extended period, Judge’s availability for Opening Day — originally scheduled for March 26 — had been all but ruled out.

Now with at least two more weeks to recover, Judge joked that the delay to the start of the regular season does have a personal bright side.

“For me, I wouldn’t mind a couple more weeks to recover,” Judge joked Thursday at George M. Steinbrenner Field, per Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, before making clear, “I don’t want the season to be delayed.”

Judge also mentioned that the past six days have been encouraging on the injury front. The plan is for the slugger to undergo a CT scan next week before determining the next step.

Adding he’s “not too sure” about when he’ll be ready, Judge said he doesn’t “want to put myself in a box” by setting a timetable.

Exactly when MLB will resume normal day-to-day operations obviously remains fluid. Judge called the situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic “concerning.”

Like the rest of the league, from the players, management, team and ballpark staffs — not to mention the fans — all Judge can do is take a wait-and-see approach to the situation at this stage.

This article first appeared on Sportress of Blogitude and was syndicated with permission.

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