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Aaron Judge ‘getting back to normal routine’ as return nears

Aaron Judge’s long trek back to the lineup is nearing its end, and the New York Yankees slugger indicated Thursday it’s all about putting the finishing touches on a return to normalcy.

Ahead of the first game of the highly anticipated series between the Bronx Bombers and Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, which was ultimately postponed, Judge was spotted working on some fielding drills.

Judge, who has been sidelined for the Yankees’ past 35 games after suffering an injury on April 20 that was later diagnosed as a strained left oblique, seems encouraged by the progress being made.

“I felt I haven’t missed a day, it feels like April (20),” Judge said Thursday, via the New York Post. “There is no pain and no problem. I am letting it go. The last couple of days, getting back to normal routine and getting the rhythm down again.”

The next step for Judge, however, will be the most critical of his lengthy recovery. The plan is for the Yankees outfielder to start taking batting practice in the coming days, according to Judge himself.

β€œIt will start this weekend and continue into next week,’’ Judge said.

There seemingly remains no timetable for Judge’s exact return, but between fielding drills and the imminent BP, it’s arguably sooner rather than later.

The Yankees, who have been decimated by injuries to several key players to a baffling degree, have been able to exercise caution with their sidelined stars. The team has been afforded that luxury due to somehow overcoming the myriad injury setbacks to the tune of an AL East-leading 36-19 record.

That said, the sooner the team can get Judge — not to mention others, including Giancarlo Stanton, who can’t seem to get healthy — the better. After all, the Yankees only have a 0.5-game lead over the surging Tampa Bay Rays in the East.