Mike Trout was the only player in the American League who had a better on-base percentage (.442) than Judge last season (.422), which has given Boone pause when contemplating the alignment of his lineup. For Friday's spring game, Judge will be followed by Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird and then Gary Sanchez, with Brett Gardner hitting out of the nine-hole. Judge remarked that "there's all different types of leadoff hitters," going as far as mentioning George Springer of the Astros, who can provide power numbers out of the spot. The outfielder admitted that he hasn't sat atop the order since his high school days, and that he only hit there once, but that he's open to anything. Though this is just an experiment with Opening Day approaching next week, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Judge batting leadoff every once in a while when the team faces a southpaw.
Judge went 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs and walks and four RBI in Wednesday's 9-4 win over the Orioles in Grapefruit League play.
Judge got off to a delayed start to the spring while recovering from offseason surgery on his left shoulder, but the outfielder seems to be finding his power stroke as Opening Day approaches. Slated to hit out of the two hole this season, Judge could approach or even surpass the 128 runs he amassed during Rookie of the Year-winning campaign while slotting in front of fellow masher Giancarlo Stanton.
Judge (shoulder) is on track to be ready for Opening Day, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Judge was eased into spring training after undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery in November, but he appears to be close to 100 percent after appearing in a handful of Grapefruit League games. "When I first got down here, there was a little soreness left in there but this past week especially, it's pain-free, no soreness, been feeling great," the slugger said. This is certainly encouraging, as Judge stated earlier in camp that he didn't expect to feel 100 percent until Opening Day. Now that his shoulder is pain free, he should have plenty of time to get up to speed before the start of the season.
Judge (shoulder) played five innings in right field and went 0-for-1 with a walk Friday against the Braves.
As planned, Judge received his first spring reps in right field Friday. Judge is going to be rehabbing his shoulder until Opening Day, so his early exit from the game was a precautionary measure to allow the slugger to rest his ailment. Moving forward, the Yankees will likely have Judge continue spending time in the outfield while also using him as their designated hitter for the rest of spring training.
It was recently reported that Judge's shoulder wasn't expected to be fully healthy until Opening Day. Despite this, he'll still see playing time over the course of the spring, although the team will surely be careful not to rush him back to action. New York is opting to have Judge serve as the DH on Wednesday so that Giancarlo Stanton can receive a start in right field, then will deploy Judge in right for Friday's matchup with the Braves.
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