Yankees OF Judge crushes BP, pain subsiding

All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge is edging closer to returning to the New York Yankees.

Judge took live batting practice before Monday’s game, and while he’s still bothered by discomfort in his right wrist, progress was noted.

“It’s fun watching Aaron Judge take batting practice. So that’s nice,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, smiling. “But obviously, you understand it’s another step in the progression, so you do get excited when you see one of your best players working his way back in hopefully what was a big step in him getting back to us toward the end of the season.”

Judge, who was hit by a pitch July 26 and suffered a chip fracture of the wrist, “put on a show,” Boone said, including a home run over the batter’s eye at roomy Target Field on Monday.

“It’s one step closer,” said Judge after Monday’s game, “and excited for the progress we’re making.”

But Judge is bothered by pain, which he first admitted during a batting practice session last week at Safeco Field.

Though the original three-week recovery period set by the Yankees has long passed, Judge said he hopes to return soon. Boone said he did not have a timetable for when the team expected him back.

Judge, who has also worked defensively in the outfield and thrown some batting practice sessions, was hitting .285 with 26 home runs and 61 RBIs before the injury.

“(The pain) is pretty much out of there,” Boone said.

–Field Level Media

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