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2 years ago  ::  Aug 15, 2018 - 7:51PM #1
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Aaron Judge worked up a full sweat Wednesday afternoon in The Bronx, running the bases and taking fly balls in right field. But his bat remained untouched.

The Yankees outfielder is in a holding pattern, still not swinging because of lingering pain from a fractured bone in his right wrist, and his rehab process is taking longer than the club originally believed it would.

“It’s what we expected and healing properly. Just probably going a tick slower than we had hoped is all,” manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday before the Yankees continued their series against the Rays. “But no, it’s moving in the right direction.”

The night Judge was hit by a pitch that caused the injury, the Yankees estimated a three-week time period before he could swing a bat in a game situation. Thursday marks three weeks exactly, and Judge has still not picked up a bat at all.

“Nothing yet,” Judge told The Post after his on-field workout. “It was good to run the bases and do some outfield stuff and hopefully start swinging a bat here pretty soon.”

Judge also made some light throws to a bucket near him in the outfield, but said it wasn’t full effort because that’s one of the motions that causes pain.

“I haven’t really done any motions of trying to extend it out because that’s the motion that gets me — when I full extend like that, it kind of bothers my wrist,” Judge said, motioning a follow-through with his wrist on a throw. “Just a sharp pain whenever I flex the wrist like that.”

General manager Brian Cashman said on WFAN on Wednesday that Judge recently underwent another MRI, which confirmed there was nothing new or nothing doctors missed with the original diagnosis. Judge received a cortisone shot to relieve the pain, but Cashman said he is not concerned about it being a season-ending injury.

“I’ve certainly peeled the onion on that question, and rightfully so, not just because of who he is and what he means to the club,” said Cashman, adding that he expects Judge to be back in time to play rehab games in the minor league season, which ends Sept. 3.

“I doubt he hits the ground running. I’m sure at times with a check swing here or there, he might have a little bit of an issue to deal with, back off and give him a little more time. But we’re going to be approaching enough of a time frame where he’ll be back on track health-wise well in time for the meaningful games in the future.”

In the interim, Boone said, he was hopeful Judge would soon be able to get in the pool and swing underwater.

Wednesday marked the 19th game Judge missed since Jake Junis’ 93 mph fastball sailed up and in to drill him on the right wrist. The Yankees entered the day 10-8 without him, and while they did not add an outfield bat before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, they could still make a waiver move before the Aug. 31 deadline.

Giancarlo Stanton’s resurgence has helped soften the blow to an extent, but nothing can fully make up for Judge’s absence as the No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Before being shut down, Judge was batting .285 with 26 home runs and a .947 OPS.

“It’s been tough sitting on the sidelines, but I’ve been just trying to find ways I can help out the team: cheering guys on, helping them out with certain things, just talking to guys,” Judge said. “Do what I can from the sideline to help out, that’s all I can really do right now.”

Boone: You know my mama wanted me to be a Manager.

Judge: My dad wanted me to be a baseball player.

Boone: Well you're better than any player I ever had. And you're the best God damn player I ever saw. Suit up.
2 years ago  ::  Aug 15, 2018 - 8:23PM #2
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as long as we continue to play bird  gardner and romine  the playoffs are a longshot   when judge got hurt they should ogfgotten a rf  but no  caus e all yankee injureies heal fast      judge is gone for season  jyust say it already

when twins put mauer on waivers we should have grabbed him to play 1b   and should have got a catcher as romine is a good backup just not a starter

2 years ago  ::  Aug 15, 2018 - 8:26PM #3
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Not good news.

2 years ago  ::  Aug 15, 2018 - 8:39PM #4
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Oh well, there's always 2019, and the hope that no one breaks any bones (the way the Red Sox managed to do this season).

2 years ago  ::  Aug 15, 2018 - 8:51PM #5
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Aug 15, 2018 -- 8:26PM, davis2 wrote:

Not good news.

I'll bet he needs surgery ..this is not good.

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2 years ago  ::  Aug 15, 2018 - 9:11PM #6
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Aug 15, 2018 -- 8:51PM, theBaron wrote:

Aug 15, 2018 -- 8:26PM, davis2 wrote:

Not good news.

I'll bet he needs surgery ..this is not good.

I hope you're wrong.

 I'm not excited about our chances without Judge. 

2 years ago  ::  Aug 16, 2018 - 12:26AM #7
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It's not looking good.

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2 years ago  ::  Aug 16, 2018 - 6:36AM #8
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When I first heard three weeks for a broken wrist I said "Yeah, right.  If they bring him back after three weeks he'll re-injure it on the first check swing and that's all folks, see you in Tampa in February!" 

2 years ago  ::  Aug 16, 2018 - 8:16AM #9
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When I heard fracture, which is just a nice word for break, I knew 3 weeks wasn't going to be feasible ... I'm not thinking an early September timetable would happen either.

2 years ago  ::  Aug 16, 2018 - 9:11AM #10
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Cash was on WFAN yesterday and indicated they did additional testing with Judge which revealed the same results which is good news. They also gave Judge a cortisone shot this week so let's see how he responds after?

But you are right Mo, three weeks was on the lighter side for the healing process, I think it will take two or three more weeks until Judge starts swinging a bat again. .

Hope I am wrong and Judge starts to swing a bat by the weekend, whichful thinking on my part of course. There is no question, we need both Judge and yes, Sanchez back in the lineup. When Sanchez is right, it creates another headache for the pitcher. And most importantly, it depends the line up once again.

There is an old saying that should apply for Sanchez; it's not how you start a Season, but how you finish it that counts! .
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