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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge From DL

Slugging OF Has Been Out Since July 26, Still Not Cleared To Hit

September 14, 2018 - 5:22 pm

By WFAN.com

The Yankees have activated outfielder Aaron Judge from the disabled list, Aaron Boone told reporters prior to the team's Friday night game against the Blue Jays.

Judge will not be used as a hitter. The outfielder is not cleared to hit as he is still working his way back from a fractured wrist suffered on July 26. However the team does plan on using him for defense and baserunning until he's ready to hit in a game.

According to Boone, the team has "a plan in place over the next few days" for Judge as it pertains to his return to the batter's box. The manager told the media he is still a few days away from making a decision on Judge receiving at-bats in a simulated game, an important step the outfielder must take before he hits in a real game.

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The 26-year-old took batting practice for the first time earlier this week, and has continued to throw to home plate and third base from right field.

New York went 25-20 with Judge on the DL, moving from 4.5 games back to 10.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East.

Judge is hitting .285/.398/.548 with 26 home runs, 20 doubles, 61 RBI, 70 runs scored and 137 strikeouts in 99 games this season.