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Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton not expected to be ready for Opening Day

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New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman told the media today that he does not expect either Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton to be ready for Opening Day.

Stanton has been dealing with a calf strain and has played in exactly one spring training game. Judge has a pectoral injury and has not suited up in a game yet this spring. Even if the injuries are quickly healed, they’re not likely to be up to game speed in the time left down in Florida.

This is nothing new for the Yankees, of course. Last year New York saw multiple stars miss a ton of time, Judge and Stanton included. This year the club is already dealing with the loss of these two sluggers, the season-long loss of Luis Severino, at least a half-season loss of James Paxton and a half-season loss of Domingo Germán due to his domestic violence suspension.

Amazingly, the 2019 Bombers got through all of that and won 103 games and the AL East title. Could they do it again? Sure. It’s not the sort of thing one really wants to count on, though, is it?

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The players association said Wednesday night it was dismayed by the length of the ban.

“While we understand the concerns raised by the league with respect to a bench-clearing incident during this challenging season, we’re disappointed by the decision,” the union said. “It was an unfair result for Joe Kelly given the cases presented.”

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty that was first reported by Barstool Sports.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.