ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Aaron Judge was back in the running and on right field for the Yankees on Saturday against the Rays after missing the previous two games with pain on his left side.
But there is still not much clarity about the Judge’s “injury” situation.
After the Judge had one stroke and two tears in one 4-0 loss to Tropicana Field, director Aaron Boone said the right field seemed OK.
Judge, who last played Tuesday, was ruled out of the game Wednesday before the Yankees were out Thursday.
Asked what he told the Judge he was ready to return, Boone said, “He.”
Despite the judge’s return, Boone said the Yankees “will be watching him closely. … We will certainly follow how he moves.”
If the judge does not report any problems, Boone said he expects it to resume Sunday.
However, there was no answer as to what happened to Judge in the first place.
“I think it was a gradual kind of workload,” Boone said. “Probably swinging a lot, doing a lot of work in the cage, which led to some pain that developed over time.”
And that came less than a week into the regular season.
Boone said the judge wanted to play on Friday, but the director wanted to be careful with the injury-prone slugger, who has had rib and oblique problems in the past. The Yankees have not yet specified exactly what the Judge dealt with. When he also missed the last three spring training games, the team said the first two were days off and the third was because he had allergies.
“It’s always good to write his name here,” Boone said. “We just try to be careful with him soon [in the season], not wanting this to become something that becomes a problem. Hopefully we can get past that. ”
The referee made a homer in each of his two previous games, but did not appear comfortable on the bases or on the field Wednesday.
Jay Bruce he beat the ninth for the first time in his career Saturday and went 0-for-3, extending his fall to 3-for-27. He was hit in 14 straight batters.
“In the first three or four games he had a lot of good to beat,” Boone said. “The last couple games he fought a little bit. That will happen all season. He’s been a little bit away.”
As for how Bruce plays at first base, Boone said, “I think he did a lot of good things here,” but he needs more time on the spot for the plays to become “second nature” to him. . There is always room to grow here. “
Gio Urshela said he felt “much better” after spending Friday on the COVID-19 injury list after an adverse reaction to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine left him feeling “a little weak” Thursday and Friday.
Clint Frazier, unsuccessful in 13 bat-bats, didn’t start Saturday, but Boone said it was “just a day [off], ”With left-swinging Brett Gardner going against right-handed Rays Chris Archer.
Boone said Frazier stopped his left-wing party, adding that he did not think Frazier had been “pressed.”
“It’s a few games, he’s fought and he’s a little off,” Boone said. “It’s part of the ebb and flow.” [of a season]. It’s not something that worries me for the long haul. He will go through this. “
Left-hander Justin Wilson, activated by the IL for 10 days on Friday after suffering from inflammation of his left shoulder, said he was “fine”. He launched a pointless inning Saturday.