The non-waiver trade deadline passed without much excitement today. After putting together a flurry of moves yesterday, Brian Cashman failed to make any deals on the final day. There had been rumors that the Yankees would add a backup outfielder today, and they were connected to numerous players, but nothing came of that. Could that mean that the team expects Aaron Judge back sooner than anticipated? Perhaps.
Judge, 26, suffered a bone chip (fracture) in his wrist after being plunked by the Royals in Thursday night’s game. The Yankees did not anticipate that he would return to the lineup for at least three weeks. However, he was spotted in the outfield with a glove on prior to today’s game, and wasn’t seen wearing the wrist brace that he wore over the weekend.
Aaron Judge (wrist) spotted back in the outfield at Yankee Stadium pic.twitter.com/dCsQw3MruX— YES Network (@YESNetwork) July 31, 2018
The decision not to add a bat implicitly reveals optimism that Judge will return soon. Cashman also stated that it wasn’t worth it to trade for an outfielder considering how few at-bats they would get. Hopefully that means Judge will be back with the team before we know it. The lineup sure misses him.