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Kahnle rejoins 'pen, then optioned to Triple-A

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BOSTON -- Tommy Kahnle was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday and made his first appearance since May 28 in the Yankees' 4-1 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Kahnle -- who had a 7.50 ERA in April before going on the 10-day disabled list and had been at Triple-A since early June -- worked a perfect eighth inning against Boston, striking out one batter.

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BOSTON -- Tommy Kahnle was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday and made his first appearance since May 28 in the Yankees' 4-1 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Kahnle -- who had a 7.50 ERA in April before going on the 10-day disabled list and had been at Triple-A since early June -- worked a perfect eighth inning against Boston, striking out one batter.

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The Yankees optioned Luis Cessa to Triple-A in a corresponding move Friday afternoon, and then also optioned Kahnle back to Triple-A on Saturday when they called up Chance Adams to make the start against the Red Sox.

While Kahnle struggled early on in the season, manager Aaron Boone said he was confident in the decision to add Kahnle against the Red Sox.

"We feel like he gives us the best chance at winning the game tonight," Boone said Friday. "And hopefully, he can come out and kind of continue to be the guy we know he can be. ... We feel like we're getting a quality pitcher, you know, for having to sub in someone from the Minor Leagues."

Judge staying in shape despite injury

Aaron Judge might be injured, but that's not slowing him down.

Stuck on the 10-day DL with a fractured right wrist, Judge has continued conditioning and weight training so that once his wrist heals, he will be ready. Boone said Judge has even done some upper-body strength work.

"Hopefully, in the next couple of days, whether that's here or Chicago, he'll start to do some light swinging of the bat or fungo or tee work or however we do it," Boone said. "But I think it's probably about getting all that pain out of there. But in the meantime, he's able to, you know, he's a worker, and he's been able to stay on top of things from a conditioning standpoint."

With Judge out of the lineup, Didi Gregorius has picked up the slack for the Yankees.

Gregorius has recorded one or more hits in seven of his past eight games. Against the Red Sox on Thursday, he hammered two home runs for his fourth multihomer game of the season.

Video: NYY@BOS: Didi belts 2 homers, drives in 4 runs

The one thing Gregorius hasn't gotten recently? A break. That could be coming soon though, Boone said.

"Obviously, it's difficult right now with the situation we're in, and he's playing so well," Boone said. "But yeah, at some point here, I think there's a good chance on this road trip that he could get a day. So yeah, it's something that I think about a lot, weigh a lot, and really with all our guys, but especially Didi, who is obviously someone that we lean on pretty heavily."

Blake Richardson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston.

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