Aaron Judge returns as the Yankees finally activate the captain off the injured list ahead of Orioles series
- Aaron Judge has been on the injured list since early June with a toe injury
- Oswald Peraza has been optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move
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Aaron Judge was activated off the injured list by the New York Yankees Friday ahead of a critical series against the Baltimore Orioles.
It comes as a major boost for New York as it looks to launch a playoff push after finally getting their captain back.
Judge has been on the injured list since June 4 with a torn toe ligament, after he crashed into a bullpen fence against the Dodgers while making a catch on June 3.
Oswald Peraza has been optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Sidelined since early June with a toe injury, Judge played another simulated game Wednesday at the team’s complex in Tampa, Florida. He then returned to the Big Apple after that.
Star slugger Aaron Judge was activated off the injured list by the New York Yankees Friday
His progression has accelerated since the All-Star break, and the 2022 AL MVP faced live pitching Sunday at Yankee Stadium for the first time since the injury. He saw 16 pitches in a simulated game against teammate Jonathan Loáisiga, who is rehabbing from right elbow surgery. Judge fouled off four and did not put any balls in play.
Boone said Judge homered during a simulated game Tuesday in Florida. He also played the field and ran the bases.
Judge has acknowledged he won’t be pain-free when he returns, but the Yankees think he’ll be able to play right field rather than just serve as a designated hitter.
New York is 19-23 since Judge got hurt in Los Angeles. Last month, he received two injections before progressing to playing catch and taking light swings.
Judge set an American League record with 62 home runs last year. He is batting .291 with 19 homers and 40 RBIs in the first season of a $360 million, nine-year contract he signed last offseason.
The Yankees are 30-19 with Judge, who also missed 10 games earlier this season with a right hip strain sustained when he tried to steal third base in Minnesota on his 31st birthday April 26.