Aaron Judge off DL, but won't be used as hitter – MLB.com (press release) (blog)

NEW YORK — Aaron Judge has spent the past several days mashing impressive home runs in batting practice, and now the Yankees slugger is one step closer to an at-bat in a Major League game.

The Yankees activated Judge from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday’s game against the Blue Jays, though manager Aaron Boone said that Judge will not yet be used as a hitter. Judge will continue his rehab from a right wrist fracture as a pinch-runner or a defensive replacement.

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NEW YORK — Aaron Judge has spent the past several days mashing impressive home runs in batting practice, and now the Yankees slugger is one step closer to an at-bat in a Major League game.

The Yankees activated Judge from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday’s game against the Blue Jays, though manager Aaron Boone said that Judge will not yet be used as a hitter. Judge will continue his rehab from a right wrist fracture as a pinch-runner or a defensive replacement.

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Video: [email protected]: Boone on Judge’s BP homers at Target Field

“We feel like with the roster expansion, it makes some sense to have him available if there’s a spot where we can get him in to run the bases or play some defense,” Boone said. “He’s certainly ready to do that.”

Boone said that Judge will continue to take batting practice over the weekend while the team finalizes its plan to have Judge face live pitching, something he has not done since his July 26 injury. A trip to the Yankees’ Player Development complex in Tampa, Fla., is a strong possibility.

“He’s doing great,” Boone said. “He’ll be hitting in Group 2 today and we’ll continue to ramp up from a hitting

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