Aaron Judge’s return to Yankees after injury looks imminent

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With all three Subway Series games postponed this weekend at Citi Field, it is believed that Aaron Judge will be set to drop off the injured list when the Yankees resumes the season.It could be Monday if the Yankees and Mets play a make-up game or two, which has been discussed.

“That’s the thought, he should be ready. For our next game he should be ready to play, ”said Aaron Boone of the right-back who was sidelined with a right calf injury.

As for second baseman DJ LeMahieu’s left thumb injury, Boone was optimistic.

“I would say he’s doing a lot better than I expected at this point. I think it will be as soon as possible. He took on dry swings for the first time [Friday] and played wrestling for the first time, ”Boone said. “I think the initial prognosis was two to three weeks. I think that will be a fair estimate. “

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The Yankees will practice Saturday and Sunday in the Bronx after about half of their roster at Yankee Stadium on Friday.

“Judge and [Giancarlo] Stanton was punching and DJ played wrestling today and [Zack] Britton and some of our guys needed treatment and pitchers who were to play wrestling, so we had a dozen to 15 guys, ”Boone said.

Boone said Aroldis Chapman would likely face hitters on Saturday or Sunday.

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Based on his history of leaving the Yankees and coming back, keep the light on Yankee Stadium for right-hander David Hale.

The Yankees offered the 32-year-old right-hander to the Phillies on Friday for 25-year-old right-hander Addison Russ. The Yankees selected Hale for an assignment on Monday. This is the fourth time in the past three seasons that the Princeton University product has been nominated for an assignment by the Yankees.

Russ is 15-10 with 50 saves, a 2.48 ERA in 152 ² / ₃ innings and 200 strikeouts in 126 relief appearances in three minor league seasons with the Phillies. Last year he pitched for Double-A Reading and went 5-6 with 22 saves and a 2.54 ERA in 55 games. He was with the Phillies in spring training as an unregistered guest. The Yankees added Russ to their 60-man roster and assigned him to their alternate site in Scranton.

Hale has made five relief appearances with the Yankees this season, posting a 3.00 ERA in six innings with one save. In 28 games with the 2018-20 Yankees, Hale was 3-0 with a 2.98 ERA.

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