The Yankees have been winning this spring without their phenom right fielder, Aaron Judge. New York has said he will be playing in his first spring training game Wednesday, despite not feeling 100 percent since his offseason shoulder surgery.
“It’s a work in progress until Opening Day,” Judge told reporters.
Early into the Yankee offseason, the team announced that the surgery that Judge had involved “loose-body removal and cartilage clean-up.” Judge was expected to be recovered from the surgery before the start of spring training.
Unfortunately for the team, he still is far from fully recovering from the arthroscopic procedure to his left shoulder. The team has been cautious with over a month before the games begin to count.
Manager Aaron Boone has stated that Judge will not be the DH against the Tigers in Wednesday's. The fact is, Judge’s shoulder is not stopping him from his batting practice sessions so far this spring.
Looking on the brighter side for the Yankees, the absence of Judge has given the team more opportunities to figure out their outfield situation and give other players the in-game reps that wouldn’t have to been available if Judge was 100 percent.
The season starts on March 29 in Toronto against the Blue Jays.