Aaron Boone provided injury updates about a handful of Yankees on Wednesday, much as he would before any game.
Aaron Hicks has started a throwing program at his home in Arizona in his comeback from Tommy John surgery and James Paxton is continuing his program in Wisconsin following back surgery.
Aaron Judge, who Boone believes suffered his collapsed lung on the same diving play in September that resulted in his fractured rib, is still resting and doing some lower-body work while he awaits further tests in a few weeks.
And Giancarlo Stanton is just about fully healed from a strained calf.
But at this point, the Yankees manager has no idea when any of them might actually have a game to play in, as Major League Baseball is still in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic that has halted nearly the entire sports world.
The manager, though, said he is hopeful MLB can still salvage a regular season and playoffs — and that will serve a part in getting past the impact of the crisis.
“I’m still kind of optimistic [and] hoping for the best that we can get in as many games as possible,’’ Boone said during a conference call Wednesday,…