Aaron Judge hopes to start swinging a bat soon, ‘maybe next week’
Aaron Judge had some encouraging news on Friday concerning the status of his fractured right wrist, revealing he hopes to pick up a bat soon, perhaps as soon as sometime next week.
“The wrist is feeling all right, but could be better. I’m still right on track. I feel like hopefully I’ll be swinging a bat in the next couple of days, maybe next week,” Judge said during an appearance in Manhattan. “We don’t have a timetable on that yet. But shortly, we should start ramping it up and get swinging again.
Judge has been on the shelf since getting plunked 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.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone indicated Judge was still suffering pain in his wrist. Judge has changed the dire narrative somewhat with Friday’s comments.
The timetable for Judge’s anticipated recovery was originally set at approximately three weeks at the time of the injury. Even if Judge does start swinging a bat in the coming days, returning in that time frame — Aug. 16 — obviously is a long shot.
“I just hope I’ve still got my job,” Judge joked Friday. “When I’m healthy, I hope my job is still there.”
And the Yankees surely need him. Although how the Yankees have rattled off four straight wins in Judge’s absence takes some of the sting away from a demoralizing four-game series sweep at the hands of the surging Red Sox. Boston now boasts an eight-game lead on New York in AL East standings.
All that aside, whether it’s a few days or sometime next week, the fact alone Judge is expressing optimism about picking up a bat sooner than later must be music to Yankees fans’ ears. After all, they took the injury news pretty hard, to say the least.