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Yankees’ Aaron Boone OK with Aaron Judge not playing yet

Yankees’ Aaron Boone OK with Aaron Judge not playing yet

TAMPA — Aaron Boone doesn’t have a date when Aaron Judge will play in an exhibition game and the slugger has yet to take a full batting practice, but the Yankees manager doesn’t sound like a worried man.

“Judge hit again [Saturday] and threw out to 90 feet,’’ Boone said of his right fielder, who hasn’t swung a bat against a batting practice hurler because of a right shoulder problem that surfaced before spring training started. “He is good, he is fine. We will be conservative with how we build him up hitting because I think he was 40 or 50 swings off a tee. He will graduate to soft toss. We won’t rush anything but he is fine.’’

Regulars DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela started in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Steinbrenner Field, and Miguel Andujar and Luke Voit will debut Sunday in Port Charlotte against the Rays, and Gary Sanchez, Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton will get their first taste of exhibition baseball Monday night against the Pirates at home. But Boone didn’t predict when Judge would surface.

“I haven’t seen the progression we have for him. I am sure we will take it conservative as far as getting him outside hitting and getting real at-bats,’’ Boone said. “He is fine and even when we shut him down from hitting he has been doing his defensive work and running, but I am not exactly sure when he will debut yet.’’

Asked if all his players were all right after Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Steinbrenner Field, Boone said, “I think we did all right. Try to get a few more runs [Sunday].’’

Source : George A. King III Link