Yankees News: Aaron Judge to Be Activated Friday After Oblique Injury Recovery

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2019

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge warms up before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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The battered New York Yankees are finally approaching full-squad status.

Aaron Judge told reporters Thursday that he will be activated from the injured list Friday after missing the last two months with an oblique injury.

"When I get back on the field, I've got to play. I'm not going to try to baby it or go at 80 percent," Judge said. "We're in the Major Leagues. I'm going to go at it 100 percent. I'm going to play at it 100 percent. We're ready to go. That's not something I'm worried about happening again."

Judge, 27, hit .288/.404/.521 with five home runs and 11 RBI through his first 20 games before the injury. At the time, he was the 13th Yankee to go on the disabled list midway through April. 

Manager Aaron Boone told reporters he plans on bringing Judge back into the lineup slowly.

"I'll take it slow with him as far as probably play him a few days, give him a day off and kind of build him up that way. What he hasn't done is played a ton of games, obviously, after being out for six or eight weeks, whatever it was. I want to build him up smartly. So we probably won't play him four, five, six days in a row right away. We'll build to that. I feel like he's physically in a really good spot. Feel like he has been for a while. Feel like he's ready to go and know he'll impact us in a big way."

Earlier this week, the Yankees welcomed back Giancarlo Stanton from an extended stint on the injured list. Having also recently acquired Edwin Encarnacion, the Bronx Bombers will have MLB's most powerful lineup healthy and intact heading into July.

The Yankees figure to look into adding some pitching help ahead of July's trade deadline.