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Early camp returns impressive
Paxton appears to be fully recovered from early February back surgery if his Sunday live batting practice is any indication, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. "I thought he spun the ball really well for being the first time out," manager Aaron Boone said. "He looked fairly sharp. I think it was clearly a steppingstone for him, of getting back out there and getting in a little bit of competition against some hitters."
Returns to Yankee Stadium
Positive developments after scare
Chance of '20 debut stronger?
Extension may hinge on defense
Future not at first base
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Thursday in an appearance on ESPN Radio's "The Michael Kay Show" that Judge (rib) is not being considered for a move to first base to preserve his health. "No, no, no, no," Boone responded, when asked about a position change for Judge. "He has had a couple of unfortunate injuries the last couple of years, but moving him? Absolutely not," Boone said of Judge. "He is an elite defender [in right field] and one of the game's great players. Never a discussion to move him."
Back to full health
Recovering from multiple injuries
Still working on throwing program
Should be ready for Opening Day
Due to the delayed start of the regular season, Stanton (calf) is now expected to be ready for Opening Day, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. "He looks good," hitting coach Marcus Thames said on Wednesday. "He did some stuff inside and then we took a couple of rounds on the field, trying to space ourselves out, not touching the balls and all kinds of stuff."
Among top bounce-back candidates
Strong candidate for extension
Injuries opening up opportunity
Gets additional testing
Judge, who appears increasingly likely to miss Opening Day due to shoulder/pectoral discomfort, underwent additional testing Wednesday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. "He's obviously going through a series of tests," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "It's not like one or two, it's a number approaching seven to 10 total, so they can make sure they have a full evaluation and determine what ails him. When they're complete, we'll either be able to tell you we're in the clear or we'll be able to tell you that we have a full diagnosis and the timeframe and everything else like that."
In competition for rotation
Could be fifth starter
Strong bet for rotation
Pushing for rotation spot
Okay after car accident
Needs Tommy John surgery
Severino, who'd initially been diagnosed with right forearm discomfort Thursday, has been informed he'll need Tommy John surgery due to a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow, The Associated Press reports.
Start of season in jeopardy
Chance to earn everyday role
Could be headed to injured list
Likely to face competition
Could spend time at other positions