Aaron Boone was holed up in his house in Connecticut this week instead of managing a pair of exhibition games against the Blue Jays in Montreal, as the reality of a spring — and maybe more — without baseball settles in.
The manager said in an interview with the YES Network on Monday he was a “little bummed out” to not be playing those games and admitted there was some “personal frustration, but we understand we’re in a serious time and we’re doing our part.’’
The Yankees had been scheduled to open their season in Baltimore on Thursday before spring training was canceled and the start of the regular season delayed indefinitely by the spread of the coronavirus.
The break could give some players more time to heal, including Aaron Judge (rib, lung) and Giancarlo Stanton (calf).
“One of the good things is hopefully this is the time where [Judge] can get the proper rest to allow the rib to heal properly and hopefully when it’s time to play ball, Aaron is with us,’’ Boone said.
Stanton, according to Boone, would “probably be ready to go” if the Yankees had a spring training game this week.
“He’s been doing really well,’’ Boone said….