Aaron Judge is set to return to the Yankees' lineup on Friday, and the 27-year-old is more than ready to return.
Coming off of his rehab assignment, Judge was back in the Yankees' clubhouse on Thursday.
"It's about time," Judge told reporters on Thursday.
The slugger has been out since mid-April dealing with a right oblique strain. Earlier this week, Judge claimed himself to be 100 percent.
The right-handed slugger won't be holding anything back as he makes his return in pinstripes.
"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 will be activated on Friday and rejoin the Yankees during a four-game set with the Astros that could be a possible look ahead into the playoffs. The lineup will be slightly different than it was when he went down, namely because of the addition of Edwin Encarnacion.
With Giancarlo Stanton also back to full health, Judge adds another powerful bat to an already potent lineup that has homered in 22-straight games, the second longest streak in franchise history.
"We added an AL-leading home run hitter in Encarnacion, which I'm excited about," Judge said. "This is going to be fun. Like I said before, I'm trying to crack this lineup now and know where I'm going to fit in. We'll see."