Aaron Judge (New York Yankees) is in the process of making a comeback. He took live batting practice.
“Aaron Judge took a live batting practice session at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, and received positive feedback,” MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, reported on April 24 (ET).
Judge hasn’t played since March 4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He suffered a big toe injury. He ran into the fence while fielding and was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right big toe. After a long rehabilitation, he recently started running and has been taking live batting practice.
Jonathan Loaisiga, who pitched against him, said: “He’s making progress. He’s trying to come back as soon as possible. I’m a sinker pitcher, so I didn’t want to make any mistakes,” he said, adding, “Considering how much he hadn’t been able to throw live, he looked really good.”
Yankees manager Aaron Boone also watched Jersey’s workout, and he said he needs to build durability in order to return. “One of the most important things is to build endurance for hours at a time,” Boone said.
Jersey still has pain, but he’s eager to get back under control. “It’s not pain-free,” he said. But we’re going to manage it as much as we can,” he said.
Judge had his best year last season, hitting .311 with 62 home runs, 131 RBI, 133 runs scored and a 1.111 OPS in 177 at-bats. He won the American League MVP award over Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels).
Jersey hit free agency after the season and signed a nine-year, $360 million contract with his hometown Yankees. This season, he is batting .291 with a 1.078 OPS in 49 games with 51 hits, 19 home runs, 40 RBIs, 42 runs scored, and 42 runs batted in.포커카지노
The Yankees are currently in the wild card race. The addition of Judge would be a huge boost to the team’s batting lineup. It will be interesting to see if the second-half Yankees captain can fill the void left by the first-half’s lack of power.