New York Yankees: Aaron Judge expected to start Spring Training games soon

John Zarnowski
New York Yankees, Aaron Judge
Mar 15, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a three run home run during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees have are four games into Spring Training and everyone has been worked into the lineup to get ready for the season. The only big name that hasn’t stepped into the box yet is Aaron Judge, who has been dealing with some soreness in his right shoulder.

Even though manager Aaron Boone and Judge himself had said that it’s nothing to worry about and it’s just normal baseball soreness, Yankee fans have missed seeing their star right-fielder play baseball.

However recent news coming from Boone has shown optimism on a near return for Judge. “I would say no playing for sure this week,” Boone said following the Yankees win against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. “After the off day, I’ll probably have a good lay of the land about when we’re going to get him in the game. Hopefully shortly there after.”

Boone has said that the next steps for Judge is to take on-field batting practice before he steps into a live game. From there, he’ll face live pitching in a game simulation and then will be added to a Spring Training lineup.

The New York Yankees are trying to be as careful as possible with the players this season. They’ve already lost Luis Severino for the whole year and James Paxton is going to miss 3-4 months of the season. Boone and the front office has said that there’s no reason to rush Judge or anyone else into anything since the season is so long and they don’t want a repeat of last year.