If Judge is able to resume swinging Friday, or even sometime within the next couple days, there remains a chance that he could return to the fold before the end of August. Just playing catch was a big step forward for the outfielder, especially considering he received a cortisone shot in the wrist earlier this week due to some lingering discomfort. Once he's able to begin taking real cuts, a better idea of his eventual return will come into view.
General manager Brian Cashman said Judge had a cortisone injection Tuesday due to lingering discomfort in his wrist, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports.
Cashman stayed away from getting into any specifics regarding Judge's condition, so his timetable remains murky as we approach the initial three-week timeframe for the slugger to resume "swinging in game situations." Though that was clearly a wildly optimistic timetable -- as Judge has yet to resume swinging at all -- the outfielder has been making gradual progress, including catching fly balls in the outfield and getting in some underwater work. Until he's able to start taking some dry swings, Judge remains a couple weeks away from a return. Cashman added, "It's going to take longer..but he will be back at some point and then obviously we'll see how he manages it out of the gate early. That's the unknown too, where I doubt he hits the ground running."
Though Judge is set to take an incremental step forward in his recovery from a chip fracture in his right wrist, the slugger admitted Sunday that he continues to experience lingering pain and soreness. When Judge was first sidelined after being struck in the wrist by a pitch July 26, the Yankees outlined a three-week timetable for the outfielder's return to game action, but that estimate no longer appears realistic. With Judge's swinging now scheduled to take place a week later than initially planned, it's looking increasingly likely that his absence will extend to at least the last few days of August, if not early September.
Judge took part in some agility drills at Fenway Park on Thursday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Judge was placed on the disabled list Friday after suffering a chip fracture in his right wrist. It's good news that he's working to stay in shape, and his next test will be to take dry swings and hit off a tee, which should take place within the next week if all goes well.
Manager Aaron Boone said that Judge's three-week timetable to return from his wrist injury is "pretty realistic," and added that Judge could begin taking dry swings and hitting off a tee in a week, Marc Carig of The Athletic reports.
Boone's comments regarding Judge's timetable were slightly ambiguous because he failed to specify whether the three-week timetable is for the outfielder to return to major-league games or head on a rehab assignment, though his positivity was a good sign. If Judge is indeed able to start tee work and dry swings in a week, he will have a chance to return around the middle of August if all goes according to plan.
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