New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge talked about his rehab from offseason shoulder surgery, Giancarlo Stanton’s arrival and Russell Wilson.
“I got my timing down and the arm feels good, so I think Wednesday’s the date and I’m looking forward to it,” Judge told reporters Monday afternoon, per ESPN’s Coley Harvey.
Judge, who underwent offseason shoulder surgery, is still not fully recovered. “It’s just about trusting it and trusting how it feels, and making sure I continue to build up my strength,” Judge told Harvey. “It’s about making sure it’s pain-free when I wake up each morning.”
With a plethora of outfielders in camp, expect the Yankees to continue to take things slow with Judge, who waxed poetic about new teammate Giancarlo Stanton while a guest on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio.
What is Aaron Judge the most excited for about his new teammate Giancarlo Stanton?
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) February 27, 2018
“The thing I’m excited most about is just being able to watch him work. I’ve always watched him on TV, watched him from afar but you get to see him up close and see how hard he works, how hard he works in the gym, how hard he works on his defense and it’s impressive. It’s cool to see another big guy like me running out there doing his thing. We’re just both excited for this season and what’s going to happen.”
It’s safe to say that Yankees fans share that excitement.
Russell Wilson Puts On Show In BP
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has never been one to crack under pressure, and the most pressure-filled moment of his athletic career may have come Monday, when he was part of a batting practice group that included Judge, Stanton, Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez.
As ESNY’s Benny Tomko noted, Wilson didn’t disappoint, cracking six home runs and looking very much like he belonged in the majors.
“I always told my dad I’d be a New York Yankee, and now I’m here,” Wilson, whose father passed away in 2010 at age 55 due to complications from diabetes, told Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News.
“I definitely love playing. I obviously want to get out there, but I also don’t want to get in the way. I want to learn as much as I can. I’m ready to go up there if they want me to, though. I’ll be ready to swing, I’ll be ready to hack away and turn some DPs.”
Wilson not only partook in batting practice but did, in fact, turn some double plays with Didi Gregorius and addressed the entire team as well.
“It was cool to pick his brain,” Judge told Mazzeo, adding that Wilson told him to make every minute count and give everything he had during his workouts. He did, however, refuse to reveal the contents of Wilson’s speech to the team.
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