Aaron Judge facing Yankees test after hitting ‘a little bit’

Aaron Judge is part of the Yankees’ 60-man player pool announced Sunday, but it’s still to be determined if the right fielder will be ready for Opening Day, which is in less than a month.

Judge had been in Tampa and said in an interview with Sports Illustrated published Sunday that he’s been able to “hit a little bit” during MLB’s COVID-19 shutdown.

Judge has been recovering from a fractured rib believed to have been suffered last September. It sidelined him in spring training and general manager Brian Cashman said in May he’d expected Judge to be out until “the summertime.”

Now comes the real test, with players due to report to Spring Training 2.0 (or Summer Camp, as the Yankees are calling it) by Wednesday for three weeks of work before a 60-game schedule is supposed to begin.

“This break has allowed some of the players, including myself, to get healthy,” Judge told SI. “Luckily, I’ve been able to go into our facility in Tampa Bay with five or six teammates to work out, get on the field and run around and hit a little bit. For us, it’s kind of been business as usual and has felt like an extended spring training.”

Aaron Hicks, coming back from offseason Tommy John surgery, could be healthy enough to play, as well.

Source: New York Post

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