Yankees news: Aaron Judge runs the bases for the first time since his injury

Yankees star Aaron Judge's batting practice
Amanda Paula
Wednesday July 19, 2023

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The New York Yankees have been facing significant challenges since the start of the second half of the season. However, there is some positive news on the horizon with regard to Aaron Judge’s injury. Recently, Judge ran the bases for the first time since his toe injury at Dodger Stadium, a development that has brought hope to Yankees fans.

Aaron Judge’s return

Aaron Judge hitting again ahead of camp

Over the past few weeks, Aaron Judge has been gradually increasing his activities, including taking batting practice and participating in live sessions with Nestor Cortes pitching. The team eagerly anticipates the return of Judge and Cortes to boost their performance as they have struggled with a 1-4 record since the All-Star break. The recent losses to the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Angels have pushed the Yankees to the last place in the American League East.

Manager Aaron Boone has not ruled out the possibility of Judge returning to action when the Yankees face the New York Mets next week. However, no specific timeline has been provided for his comeback.

Aaron Judge - the Yankees captain

The Yankees have experienced offensive struggles, due to the absence of Aaron Judge since early June. Without him, their batting lineup has been lackluster and ineffective. The team is now considering whether to seek reinforcements through trades before the deadline, knowing that acquiring top bats would likely require parting with valuable prospects.

Aaron Boone has expressed faith in Judge and other injured players, hoping their eventual return to form will revitalize the team’s offense. However, with no concrete discussions about the trade deadline with Brian Cashman yet, some fans are growing concerned about the team’s plans for the remainder of the 2023 season.

Aaron Judge running

The Yankees’ decision in the coming days will significantly impact their trajectory this season. Whether they choose to invest in trade deals or rely on their returning players, only time will reveal the outcome. Regardless, Aaron Judge’s progress on the road to recovery brings a glimmer of hope to the Yankees and their fans.

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