Yankees’ return of Aaron Judge does not erase his’ injury ‘situation


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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – Aaron Judge was back in the lineup and in right field for the Yankees on Saturday against the Rays after missing the previous two games with pain in his left side.

But there is still not much clarity on the judge’s “injury” situation.

After Judge had a hit and two strikeouts in a 4-0 loss at Tropicana Field, coach Aaron Boone said the right-back looked OK.

The judge, who last played on Tuesday, was absent from Wednesday’s game, before the Yankees on Thursday.

When asked what he had been told the judge was ready to return, Boone replied, “He.”

Despite Judge’s return, Boone said the Yankees “will be watching him closely. … We will definitely be watching how he moves.

If the judge does not report any problems, Boone said he expects him to do it again on Sunday.
Still, there was no answer left as to what had happened to the judge in the first place.

“I think it was kind of a gradual workload,” Boone said. “Probably rocking a lot, doing a lot of cage work, which led to aches and pains that developed over time.”

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And that came less than a week into the regular season.

Boone said the judge wanted to play on Friday, but the manager wanted to be careful with the injury-prone slugger, who has had ribs and oblique issues in the past. The Yankees still haven’t made it clear exactly what the judge is dealing with. When he also missed the last three games of spring training, the team said the first two were off days and the third because he suffered from allergies.

“It’s always good to write your name in there,” Boone said. “We’re just trying to be careful with him early on [in the season], not wanting it to turn into something that turns into a problem. Hope we can overcome this. “

The judge has made a homerun in each of his previous two games, but didn’t seem comfortable on goal or on the pitch on Wednesday.

Jay Bruce finished ninth for the first time in his career on Saturday and went 0-for-3, extending his fall to 3-for-27. He is unsuccessful in 14 consecutive beats.

“In the first three or four games he had a lot of good fighting,” said Boone. “The last two games he struggled a bit. It’s going to happen throughout the season. He was a little behind.

As for the way Bruce plays at first base, Boone said, “I think he did a lot of good things there”, but he needs more time on the spot to make the games “a second.” nature ”for him. There is still room for growth there.

Gio Urshela said he was feeling “much better” after spending Friday on the COVID-19 injured list following an adverse reaction to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that left him “a little weak” on Thursday and Friday.

Clint Frazier, unsuccessful in 13 at-bats, didn’t start on Saturday, but Boone said it was “just one day [off]With left-hander Brett Gardner taking on Rays right-hander Chris Archer.

Boone said Frazier remained his starting left-back, adding that he didn’t think Frazier had “pushed”.

“It’s been a few games, he’s struggled and is a little behind,” said Boone. “It’s part of the ebb and flow [of a season]. It’s not something that worries me in the long run. He will get out of it.

Left-hander Justin Wilson, activated from 10-day IL on Friday after being absent with left shoulder inflammation, said he was “fine”. He pitched a scoreless inning on Saturday.

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