Aaron Judge threw the bases with force and precision from right field on Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Now the right fielder of the Yankees will begin batting practice in the indoor cage this weekend when he returns from a forced left oblique that forced him out of a game on April 20.
"It will start this weekend and continue until next week," the judge said before the Red Sox and the Yankees on Thursday postponed to August 3 due to heavy rains expected.
When Judge graduates from work in indoor cages to the field it depends on how the cage activity goes, but that could happen in Toronto next week, when the Yankees open a three-game series against the humble Blue Jays on Tuesday.
If the Judge looks as good at batting practice as he did by placing balls of dirt, throwing balls and balls from the wall, the chatter will start about when right fielder All-Star will jump off the disabled list and add muscle to an alignment that has survived without him, Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius and Miguel Andújar.
"I felt that I had not missed a day, it feels like April "Judge said about Thursday's training, when he joined Clint Frazier, who has fought defensively in right field and performed the same exercises that Judge did. "There is no pain or problem. I'm letting it go. The last two days, going back to the normal routine and slowing down again. "
Although 35 games were missing (the Yankees are 26-9 in that stretch), manager Aaron Boone said Judge has played an important role in the Yankees, forging a 36-19 ledger and being on the bench. Top of the East League coming into action on Thursday.
"When he got injured, one of the first conversations I had with him was that" you can still hit us big time, "Boone said." I feel like he has. He went on our first trip with us. It's part of our batters' meetings. He is part of the integration of the players introduced in the clubhouse. He has been a big part of this for the guys in that room. "
The game on Thursday will be completed as the second game of a double day of admission per day, night, on August 3, on a Saturday. Tickets for Thursday's rain are valid only for the second game of that day. The game start time originally scheduled for August 3 has been changed from 4:05 p.m. at 1:05 p.m. Tickets with date of August 3 are only valid for the first game of the double invoice.
No matter how many times Boone is asked about the possibility of the Yankees separating from the Red Sox, defending champion of the World Series this weekend, the manager of the Bombers issues the same response in different ways.
"I mean, we're playing against the Boston Red Sox," Boone said of the Yankees' blood rivals, who are third in the Eastern League, 7½ games behind the Yankees leading the Eastern League. "We know how well they are there, we know we have to play very well, but we can not win the game on Sunday [on Thursday], we can not win three games [Thursday]. It is what we have to do. [today] and what is our plan? This is how we approach it. "
Thursday's rain benefited the launch of the Yankees. Having played the game on Thursday, J.A. Happ would have started and Boone, depending on what he needed from the bullpen, was set to use a reliever to start on Friday or Saturday. The last time the Yankees used a first game, they employed six relievers last Monday.
With Happ starting Friday night, Sunday German on Saturday and CC Sabathia leaving the IL to start on Sunday, it is likely that the Yankees will not have to shuffle the bullpen as they would have used a first game. In addition, the rain gives the Yankees a rested bullpen going into action on Friday night.