TAMPA — Aaron Judge took small steps Wednesday on the road to being able to take part in all facets of spring training.
Judge didn’t participate in batting practice due to a right shoulder problem but, unlike Tuesday, the right fielder played catch. He also tracked pitches in the bullpen. Judge fielded ground balls in right field but didn’t throw to the infield as Miguel Andujar and Giancarlo Stanton did.
Despite Judge telling Aaron Boone he was “game-ready’’ after the throwing session, the manager said the Yankees are taking it easy.
“Start reintroducing him to full swinging and stuff in the next couple of days I would think,’’ Boone said of Judge, who hasn’t taken batting practice in roughly a week, instead limited to bottom-hand work. “I am sure in the next day or two it will probably start to ramp him back up.’’
Boone said an MRI exam on Judge’s shoulder appeared the same as it always has.
“He had some stuff in there going back to when he was drafted , frankly a lot of people do,’’ Boone said. “It’s kind of typical for most baseball players. It wasn’t much change from that.’’