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Yankees Aaron Judge to return from calf injury

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The Yankees’ superstar outfielder is ready to return.

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The Yankees announced this afternoon that they have reinstated Aaron Judge from the injured list. They made the corresponding move earlier today when they optioned infielder Thairo Estrada to their alternate site.

Judge is set to return three weeks after hitting the shelf with a left calf strain suffered against the Braves. The right fielder had only just returned from a strain of the same calf before re-injuring the muscle against Atlanta.

This will give Judge about two weeks to shake off the rust and get into peak form ahead of the playoffs. Judge was hitting at his typically extraordinary level prior to injury, compiling a .292/.343/.738 slash line. Those numbers came in just 18 games, however, as 2020 has marked another injury-plagued campaign for Judge.

With both Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in the fold, and Gleyber Torres hopefully avoiding any sort of serious quad injury, the Yankees’ core is back in place. The team floundered to a 5-15 stretch while watching injury replacements like Mike Tauchman, Estrada, and Mike Ford fail to replicate their 2019 performances. No longer should the Yankees have to hope for the Next Man Up to hold the line with their superstars mended.

The Yankees take on the Blue Jays again at 7:05 EST. We’ll see if they slot Judge into his usual two-hole right away.