Judge yet to swing bat, continues to progress

August 6th, 2018

BOSTON -- has not swung a bat since his right wrist was fractured on a hit-by-pitch. He still doesn't know when he'll be back, and how quickly he progresses will depend on how he feels each day, and how much pain he can tolerate.

"Once the pain goes away with certain movements, we can keep progressing," Judge said.

"It's ultimately a bit of a pain-tolerance thing," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "It's not something he's going to hurt more -- but it is a chip in there, a broken wrist, so you've got to get it right. The pain will tell you that."

Judge tried to throw a ball over the weekend, but at a distance of about five feet, the width of a batting cage. That went as well as he could have expected. He doesn't yet know when he'll take even dry swings, let alone swings off a tee or against soft toss.

"There's still some pain and discomfort," he said. "There's still a fracture. It's not healed yet. It's going to take a while for that to heal up. But some of the range of motion is coming back, and now it's just getting the strength back."

Judge has hit .285 with a .398 on-base percentage and a .548 slugging percentage this season -- numbers that aren't far off those he compiled in his AL Rookie of the Year campaign of a year ago.

The initial estimate when Judge first went down on July 26 was that he'd need three weeks to recover. He's now halfway through that period, but not sure how accurate that estimate will be.

"It's tough to say," he said. "I don't want to put, really, a number on it yet. As far as I know with the trainers, we're right on track."