The reigning AL MVP has not played since April 27 due to a right hip strain. 261 with six home runs, 14 RBIs and .863 OPS in 26 games during his first season as a Yankees captain.
New York (19-17) went 4-6 without the judge, averaging just 3.5 points per game despite scoring seven in each of the last two. He became the second regular in a week to join an injury-hit Yankees team. fellow defense player Harrison Bader He’s torn his lamina since returning from a strained left oblique muscle and starting his senior season on May 2 vs. Cleveland.
designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (left hamstring strain) and a third baseman Josh Donaldson (right hamstring strain) remains on the IL, along with several key pitchers including Louis Severino And Carlos Rodon.
New York started the final day in the highly competitive AL East, 10 games short of first place Tampa Bay.
To make room for Judge on the active roster, the Yankees chose left-handers Nick Ramirez to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Monday Night’s series opener against Oakland. The move came shortly after Ramirez pitched 35 over two scoreless innings to clinch the 7-2 win.
The judge said he would have no restrictions on his return, but would try to avoid slipping on his head. The 6-foot-7 slug was injured on his 31st birthday on April 26th Minnesota when he landed hard while making an awkward header slide attempting to steal third base.
He stayed in the game and started the next day in Texas, then left in the fourth inning after hitting two runs. Days later, he was placed on the injured list for the seventh time since his league debut in 2016.
Judge worked this past weekend at the Yankees minor league complex in Tampa, Florida, about 30 minutes from where the New York Rays were playing.
Judge became a free agent in November before re-signing with the Yankees for $360 million over nine years.
Reporting by The Associated Press.
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