New York Yankees skipper Aaron Boone told the media in a virtual press conference that Aaron Judge should be ready to play the next time the team takes the field. Judge went on the IL on August 14th with a minor calf strain. Judge said that he only needed a few days, but the team put him on IL for precautionary reasons.
The team was scheduled to play the Mets this weekend in a three game set in Queens. However, the series was canceled as the Mets have two positive coronavirus tests.
Instead, the Yankees will workout all weekend at home. The team will have some time to refresh and recoup as the squad has undergone some major roster changes due to injuries. In addition to Judge, Zack Britton, Gleyber Torres, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton, and DJ LeMahieu are all on the injured list.
Since all the injuries have began to compound, the team slipped into second place in the AL East. They let the Rays sweep them at home in a three-game set this past week.
The team has a scheduled off-day on Monday, so the next time that the Yankees will play is on Tuesday against the Braves. After two with the Braves, the team is scheduled to host the Mets in a three game set. That could be a time where a few postponed games in the first Mets series could be made up.
It’s good news for the Yankees that Aaron Judge will be back soon, but that’s just one small piece of the puzzle. The team still has an absurd number of injuries, and they are all to players who significantly produce.