New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is throwing and will soon be taking dry swings according to the most recent report.
First, Luis Severino gets back on the winning side of things on Saturday afternoon by throwing five innings of two-run ball while striking out eight and now, positive news about Aaron Judge has hit the computer screens.
According to Erik Boland of Newsday, Judge will be taking dry swings soon. In addition, he’s already throwing the ball up to 90 feet in distance.
“He was a little sore from throwing,” Aaron Boone said after the Yankees’ 7-5 victory over the Blue Jays. “So he did not do the dry swings yet.”
Judge, 26, has been rotting away on the disabled list since July 27 with a chip fracture in his right wrist.
Despite the news that dry swings are coming, the club had hoped Judge would be swinging the bat by this past Friday. In fact, there’s still no definitive timetable for his return to game action.
Boone added that the Yankees aren’t viewing this news as a setback.
We’re just waiting for it [discomfort] to be out of there,” he said. “And once it is, then we’ll go, but we’re not going to press it, especially now when we’ve waited this long. When he starts swinging a bat, you’ll know that he’s probably getting close [to a rehab game].”
“I think all in all, it was a good day today,” Boone said. “He continues to progress and he’ll continue to work through all that he does, and we’ll just kind of see where we’re at day by day.”
Aaron Judge, ironically stuck on 99 games played, has smacked 26 home runs and 61 runs batted in to go along with a .285 batting average. If the New York Yankees have any designs on making qualifying for and ultimately making noise in the MLB Postseason, they’ll need No. 99 healthy and in right field.