Aaron Judge
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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge reportedly will be activated on Friday for the Bombers’ game against the Astros. 

The New York Yankees are as close as it gets to getting their big bats back in the lineup.

According to a report from Bryan Hoch of mlb.com, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge will be activated on Friday. Judge has been in the injured list since April 21 with a strained left oblique.

Judge in the 20 games he played for New York this year before the injury hit .288 with five home runs and 11 RBIs.

The Yankees returned another big bat to the lineup earlier this week when they activated outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. The slugger hadn’t played since April 1, as he’d been dealing with shoulder, cap and bicep injuries.

New York is getting two of their top weapons back at a great time. They’re currently 46-27 on the year as the midway point of the season is approaching, sitting at 3.5 games atop the AL East division.

They’re one of the hottest teams in baseball too. As of Thursday night, they’re on a five-game win streak and are 7-3 in their last 10.

Stanton spoke this week about getting back to baseball, and how he and Judge are looking to add more fuel to the fire.

“We were already dangerous and now it’s another icing to the cake,” Stanton said, per Randy Miller of nj.com. “We’ve got to build this together. Once we’re all on full force, it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m just glad to be back and Aaron’s not far behind.”

Judge will be activated for the second of a four-game series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. It’s unclear yet what spot he’ll bat in the lineup. After that series, they’ll host the Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game series to close out the homestand.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.