Aaron Judge Takes Batting Practice.Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees showed amazing progress in his rehabilitation from a toe injury as he did batting practise on the field before to Friday’s series opener against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. This was Judge’s first time doing so since injuring a ligament in his right big toe on June 3.
Aaron Judge Takes Batting Practice
Judge, who suffered the toe injury while making a fantastic grab and crashed over the outfield fence at Dodger Stadium, expressed confidence about his situation.
He said he “didn’t feel limited at all” throughout the batting practise session.
In addition, Judge enthusiastically participated in light outfield drills, catch sessions, and light running workouts.
Judge conceded that expressing the sensation in his toe was difficult, but he underlined that it was not agony. He did not, however, provide a timetable for his return to the Yankees’ lineup.
Progress and Potential Return
While recognising that his toe is not completely healed, Judge emphasised the ongoing development. “We’re making progress every day,” he said. I don’t have a date.
I have nothing to say about it. But you’re curious about how I’m doing and how we’re moving, and we’re making good progress and getting closer.”
The Yankees have struggled offensively during Judge’s absence, placing near the bottom in numerous major statistical metrics.
In reaction to these difficulties, the club changed its coaching staff, firing hitting coach Dillon Lawson and bringing in former Major League first baseman Sean Casey, a former teammate of manager Aaron Boone.
Encouraging Signs and Considerations
Boone showed confidence in Judge’s development in both hitting and running. He welcomed the recent excellent advances and predicted Judge’s capacity to thrive further.
While Judge has already begun jogging exercises, the team’s goal is for him to be able to undertake abrupt stops, starts, and cuts. Boone said that the hitting element is going nicely.
Boone noted that no conversations have taken place about probable Minor League rehab games for Judge. The aim right now is to ensure Judge’s preparedness to play in an official game.
The most important aspect to address will be Judge’s game endurance and stamina.
Looking Ahead and the Impact of Judge’s Return
As Judge’s comeback date remained unknown, the Yankees opened the second half of the season aiming to improve their offensive output despite the absence of their star player.
Coors Field’s hitter-friendly climate was seen as a chance to rekindle the team’s hitting power.
In the meanwhile, Judge will continue to coach his club from the bench until he is cleared to play. Although his health may not be 100 % when he returns, Judge has not ruled out offseason surgery on his toe.
Nonetheless, even in a less-than-perfect form, his presence would definitely offer a huge lift to New York’s faltering lineup.
Boone reaffirmed Judge’s determination to make a comeback, while also acknowledging that Judge will decide when he is ready to return to action. “He’ll push, but he’ll know when he’s ready,” he said. He’ll be ready when he is.”