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Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius tracked pitches in a Masahiro Tanaka bullpen session on Tuesday, indicating they’ll be back with the New York Yankees soon.

The New York Yankees are inching closer to fielding their best lineup as Didi Gregorius and Aaron Judge are showing steady progress with their respective injuries.

Gregorius, who has been out since Aug. 18 with a left heel bruise, will likely return first. He’s already taking normal batting practice, fielding hard grounders, and running the bases.

According to George A. King III of the New York Post, Aaron Boone indicated that “if [Gregorius] can bounce back [Wednesday] and do more of the same then hopefully we are in a position to activate him on the weekend.’’

New York will gladly welcome back Gregorius’s steady glove and lefty swing. The shortstop has slashed .270/.333/.482 so far this year, with 22 home runs and 74 RBIs.

The good news on Judge’s fractured wrist is that he didn’t experience any major setbacks after taking his first swings in about six weeks on Monday. Apparently, he felt so good that he was able to add soft toss to his work today, per ESPN’s Coley Harvey on Twitter.

If Judge can get back on the field this season, the Yankees top priority will be getting him back up to game speed in time for the Wild Card Game in a very short amount of time. Hence, the pitch tracking off Tanaka.

Judge and Gregorius have remained active in during their absence. Every time a Yankee hits a home run, cameras pan to Judge celebrating in the dugout.

Gregorius has taken to sketching emoji reactions from the bench, and being off the field hasn’t stopped him from sending his famous victory tweets:

Despite the morale they bring to the bench, Judge and Gregorius are sorely missed in the Yankee lineup. The Yankees need them back as soon as possible to get ready for October.

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