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Aaron Judge admits to being ‘frustrated’ over recovery from injured wrist

Aaron Judge admitted on Thursday to being “frustrated” over how long its taking for his fractured wrist to heal.

The New York Yankees slugger 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. And the time away is getting to Judge.

“I’m not frustrated with the pace [of the healing]. I’m frustrated with being out,” Judge said, via the New York Post.

Also revealed by Yankees general manager Brian Cashman on Thursday was that Judge received a cortisone shot on Monday.

“It’s something they said that I might have to do at some point,” Judge said of the shot. “But we didn’t want to rush into doing the shot. We wanted to see how it would heal up and how everything would feel without it.”

Judge expressed hope last week he’d be able to pick up a bat and start swinging this week. That has yet to occur, although making swings underwater sans bat has been a portion of Judge’s quasi-baseball-related rehab activities. Judge has also been doing some running and modified fielding drills, not to mention engaging in light tosses with his right hand.

While frustrated, Judge insists patience is required in his recovery, as pushing himself could do more harm than good.

“I’ve got a broken bone. It’s still fractured. I’ve got to give it time to heal,” Judge said. “Just got to make sure I’m 100 percent before I got back out there because I don’t want to have a setback.”

The timetable for Judge’s anticipated recovery was originally set at approximately three weeks at the time of the injury. That three-week mark was reached Thursday. Despite Judge not being able to get back on the preliminary schedule, it’s imperative that the Yankees do not allow their prized slugger to force things in a bid to get back on the field.