Judge takes BP for first time since injury

September 9th, 2018

SEATTLE -- is making the most of his trip to the West Coast, enjoying incremental progress as the Yankees slugger races against the clock to return from a chip fracture in his right wrist.

Judge took batting practice against live pitching in an indoor cage at Safeco Field on Saturday prior to the Yankees' game against the Mariners. It was the first time that Judge has taken batting practice since he sustained the injury on July 26.

"It's another step forward for him," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "We're still continuing on."

After weeks of waiting, Judge's recovery moved into gear this week during the Yanks' series at the Oakland Coliseum, where Judge took dry (non-contact) swings and hit balls off a tee. He advanced to hitting soft-toss on the diamond prior to Friday's game in Seattle, sending several balls over the outfield walls.

Judge took grounders and fly balls in right field early on Saturday, playing catch with first base coach Reggie Willits. Boone has said that he plans to use Judge as the Yankees' everyday right fielder if and when he returns. Judge and third-base coach Phil Nevin also had some fun tossing a football.

It is possible that Judge could participate in on-field batting practice as soon as Monday at Target Field. From there, Boone has said that the Yankees will have to exercise creativity to manufacture at-bats for Judge due to the conclusion of the Minor League season.

Judge has said that he hopes to play in regular season games within the next two weeks.