Young slugger Aaron Judge will enter New York Yankees spring training feeling better than he has in a long time, according to Aaron Boone.
In 2018, Judge entered spring still recovering from arthroscopic shoulder surgery.
Boone told reporters, including ESPN’s Coley Harvey, Judge’s shoulder is no longer an issue:
“This year, it’s been about having a normal offseason, getting his body into excellent position. When you talk to him, I think he’s really excited of where his shoulder is at right now, certainly compared to this time last year. The maintenance he’s had to do on it really the last couple of years, feels like, in a lot of ways, he’s through that.”
Judge is looking forward to playing a full season this year. His sophomore campaign was interrupted by an errant fastball that fractured his wrist.
Consequently, he only played in 112 games and accumulated a mere 413 at-bats.
Despite the lengthy stay on the injured list, Judge managed to bash 27 homers and drive in 67 runs. Give the man a complete year, and he might just flirt with Roger Maris’ Yankee record of 61 dingers.
The 26-year-old will report to spring training with the rest of the position players on Monday. Barring injury, he’ll likely see his first game action on Feb. 23 at 1:05 against the Boston Red Sox.
Fans can listen to that game on WFAN. The first YES Network TV broadcast is a Feb. 25 contest at 1:05 versus the Toronto Blue Jays.