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Yankees still have no timetable for Aaron Judge’s return

Aaron Judge missed his 17th straight game on Thursday after suffering a strained left oblique on April 20, and the New York Yankees still have no timetable for when the slugger may return.

Judge is said to still be feeling discomfort from the injury and has yet to begin any baseball-related activities. Yankees manager Aaron Boone indicated as much Thursday, but did reveal Judge is getting in some work.

“I don’t really have anything new,” Boone said, via NJ.com. “He’s still working through making sure the discomfort or any pain level is out of there.

“He’s doing things as far as lower-body stuff. He’s working through his treatment and doing range-of-motion things, but he’s not ready to graduate to any baseball activities yet. In talking with him and reading the reports every day, the trainers feel like he’s making good improvement each and every day.”

To say that the Yankees have been wracked by injuries this season would be an understatement, with Judge — along with Giancarlo Stanton, who also has no timetable for his return — highlighting the handful of expected contributors who have been among the walking wounded.

At one point in April, the Yankees had 12 players on IL. New York has nevertheless managed to keep things afloat despite the myriad injuries. At 22-15, the team sits 1.5 games back of the upstart Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East.

Judge, who was batting .288 with five home runs and 11 RBI at the time of his injury, is exercising patience with this latest injury setback.

“I gotta wait until it’s all out of there,” Judge said Thursday before the Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners by a score of 3-1.