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Yankees to activate Aaron Judge from disabled list

Judge is back, sort of.

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In a shocking turn of events, the Yankees are reportedly activating Aaron Judge from the disabled list tonight. According to multiple reports, the All-Star right fielder is still not ready to hit, but is available to run the bases and play defense.

Judge, 26, suffered a fractured wrist on July 26th after being hit by an errant pitch. His recovery took longer than originally anticipated, and recent reports suggest that he still feels pain in the wrist. The Yankees are optimistic that he can play before season’s end, however, and this move illustrates that clearly.

During today’s pre-game press conference, Yankees manager Aaron Boone chimed in on when and how the team plans to get a bat in Judge’s hands.

Prior to landing on the disabled list, Judge was in the midst of another dynamite season. He managed a .285/.398/.548 batting line with 26 home runs. He had a 156 wRC+, proving last season was not a fluke. He remained a force at the plate.

The road to Judge’s return just became a lot clearer. He should be ready for the final push and in the postseason. That’s exciting! In the meantime, he will be the game’s largest defensive replacement.