Aaron Judge injury update: Slugger's recovery taking longer than expected

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Aaron Judge (Getty Images)

Aaron Judge’s recovery from a broken wrist is taking longer than expected, Yankees GM Brian Cashman told WFAN on Wednesday.

The slugger suffered a bone chip fracture in his right wrist after being hit by a pitch from Royals starter Jake Junis on July 26. The initial prognosis called for Judge to miss three weeks, which would have had him returning Thursday.

But Cashman told WFAN the team “undershot” that estimate. He said Judge has received a cortisone shot.

“I doubt he hits the ground running,” Cashman said.

The cortisone shot should help with the pain, which manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday was still an issue.

“His range of motion is really good right now, but getting to that end point we got to get that pain out of there,” Boone told MLB.com. “Once that happens, he’ll get a bat in his hands. Hopefully it starts to progress from there very quickly.”

The Yankees obviously need Judge’s power and presence back in the lineup as soon as possible. The team is 10-8 without Judge these past three weeks.