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Aaron Boone: Aaron Judge ‘starting to ramp up’ activities

Aaron Boone shared encouraging news about Aaron Judge’s recovery from injury, but the New York Yankees still are declining to lay out a timetable for the slugger’s return.

Ahead of the Tuesday’s 11-4 road win over the Baltimore Orioles, Judge was spotted engaging in some low-level baseball-related activities, including swings in the bullpen, some soft tossing in the outfield and simulating at-bats during Masahiro Tanaka’s bullpen session.

“Just him starting to get ramped up, create a little bit of timing,’’ Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of Judge’s activities, via George A. King III of the New York Post.

Judge originally suffered the injury on April 20, which was later diagnosed as strained left oblique. The slugger has now been sidelined for the Yankees’ last 27 games.

While the Yankees have no plans to rush things with Judge, it’s nevertheless discouraging that no rehab assignment or anything of that nature has been scheduled or planned. That means little has changed in nearly two weeks concerning Judge’s status, arguably a troubling notion.

Granted, the ability to exercise caution with the outfielder has been made much easier given the Yankees boast a 30-17 record and a two-game lead in the AL East despite a baffling run of injuries, including Judge’s.

That said, Boone made it sound like Judge’s return is coming sooner rather than later.

“Starting to feel he is getting closer,” Boone said. “A couple of days of throwing, he is starting to ramp up a little.”