Yankees keep options open: Aaron Judge’s Friday return not set in stone

The Yankees' star Aaron Judge during a batting practice.

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As Aaron Judge continues his simulated games in Tampa, there have been reports suggesting a potential return for the slugger on Friday in Baltimore. However, during a pregame press conference on Wednesday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone refuted these claims, stating that there is currently no set plan to activate Judge on Friday.

Aaron Judge’s return remains uncertain

Aaron Judge - the captain of the Yankees.
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Aaron Boone emphasized that the team is taking a cautious approach and evaluating Aaron Judge‘s progress day by day. While he didn’t rule out the possibility entirely, he stressed that they need to assess how Judge responds to his recent activities before making any definitive decisions.

The Yankees have been tight-lipped about Judge’s injury updates throughout his rehabilitation process, refraining from confirming specific target dates for his return. This has led to uncertainty and speculation among fans and media alike.

A Yankees spokesperson expressed surprise at the report of Judge’s potential Friday return, indicating that no official decision has been made yet. Nevertheless, it was made clear that the option is not entirely off the table.

Aaron Judge takes batting practice before a game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium
New York Post

Erik Boland of Newsday reported that Judge was seen clearing out his locker and packing up belongings after his simulated game on Wednesday, adding more intrigue to the situation.

The Yankees have been struggling offensively without their star player, who has been sidelined since June 3 due to a toe injury sustained during an impressive catch at Dodger Stadium.

Aaron Judge is now running as part of his recovery from a sprained toe.
Robert Sabo / New York Post

Boone did mention that Judge showed promising signs during a simulated game on Tuesday, hitting a home run and demonstrating his ability to run the bases and play the field.

As of the press conference, Boone hadn’t received a report on Judge’s Wednesday simulated game but planned to speak with the slugger later in the day to gather further information about his progress. Until then, the team remains cautious about committing to a specific return date for Aaron Judge.

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