Aaron Judge was able to take batting practice Tuesday before the Yankees’ series opener against the Rays at Yankee Stadium. The hope is that the slugger will be able to return from the injured list on Saturday — the first day he is eligible.
“Hope so. I mean we’ll see again how the ramp up goes this week. As he ramps up the intensity with his running and his movements and everything,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I know he’s hitting again today, hit out on the field today. And I know he’s feeling really good and feeling like he is there. We’re at Tuesday right now, we’ll see where he is at the end of the week and hopefully be in a position to make that call and get him back in there.”
Judge has been on the IL with a strained right calf, which they believe he aggravated on the turf of Tropicana Field. He was emphatic that it was a minor issue and tried to convince the Yankees not to put him on the IL, but Boone wanted to err on the side of caution.
He is one of three big bats on the IL right now, joined by DJ LeMahieu (sprained thumb) and Giancarlo Stanton (strained left hamstring). They are both expected to miss weeks.