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Aaron Boone: Aaron Judge still feeling pain in fractured wrist

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone did not have good news on the Aaron Judge injury front on Tuesday, indicating the slugger is still feeling pain in his fractured right wrist.

“He is not [ready] yet,’’ Boone said, via the New York Post. “With Aaron, it’s going to be one of those things [where] the pain has to be all the way out of there.’’

Judge suffered the injury after being drilled by a fastball from Kansas City Royals pitcher Jakob Junis on July 26. Judge was diagnosed afterward with a chip fracture of his right ulnar styloid bone. The expectation was that Judge would be sidelined for a minimum of several weeks. Tuesday marks the eleventh day since Judge has been shut down.

The hope was that Judge potentially could take some swings this week. While that could still conceivably occur, having Judge pick up a bat on Wednesday already has been ruled out. Until Judge is pain-free, the Yankees are not inclined to have him engage in any serious, baseball-related rehab.

“Once [the pain is out], I think it goes fast potentially because he is in great shape and has been able to do all his conditioning, lower body and even upper body,’’ Boone said. “Once that’s out of there, I would expect it to go pretty fast, but we are going to be and Aaron is going to be smart about making sure he is pain free when he is making those movements throwing and obviously swinging the bat.’’

Judge said his wrist felt “good” last week, a statement that perhaps provided for a glimmer of hope that ramping up his rehab was imminent. Obviously that did not turn out to be the case.

The Yankees have dropped six of 10 games in Judge’s absence heading into Tuesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox, including a demoralizing four-game sweep at the hands of the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox. The Yankees of course want Judge back as soon as possible. It’s just going to take more time.