Aaron Judge’s return to the Yankees lineup is still a bit murky to project, but the slugger took another step forward Monday, taking batting practice for the first time since he broke his wrist July 26.
Not only did Judge take several rounds of swings, he hit several balls into the seats at the Twins’ Target Field.
A few more BP swings from @thejudge44, including a HR into the right field flower bed: pic.twitter.com/sH4ICQ2MnN
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 10, 2018
This is obviously a good sign, coming one week to the day since Judge swung a bat for the first time since he was hit by a fastball from Jakob Junis of the Royals. Following the Yankees’ loss to the Mariners on Sunday, Judge admitted pain is still an issue.
“The pain is not gone. It’s still broken,” Judge said (via PinstripeAlley.com). “I knew I was going to be back in some meaningful games here down the stretch. I’m just excited to get closer. I’m getting one step closer every day to that moment and getting back on the field. I’m just looking forward to that.”
Yankees manager Aaron Boone was obviously pleased with the BP showing, and said Judge could join the team’s regular BP later this week.
“Kind of a typical Aaron Judge BP, putting on a show. It went really well,” Boone said (via ESPN). “Another big step for him to get out on the field.”
Judge had 26 home runs and a .947 OPS in 99 games before his injury.