The Yankees have been racking up wins despite missing several key stars, and nobody could blame the Yanks if they've been wondering just how good they could be when they're healthy.
One of those stars, Aaron Judge, is making progress in his recovery from the left oblique strain that has sidelined him for about six weeks. Before Thursday's Yankees-Red Sox game was rained out, Judge made strong throws from right field to the infield and declared himself pain-free.
"I felt I haven't missed a day. It feels like April (20),'' Judge said, according to Newsday. "There is no pain and no problem. I am letting it go. The last couple of days, getting back to normal routine and getting the rhythm down again."
Judge also did agility work on the field Thursday, which he had done during the Yankees' recent road trip through Baltimore and Kansas City. After he began hitting off a tee on Monday, he's scheduled to begin hitting in the cage this weekend.
Manager Aaron Boone said it's "really important" that Judge has been around the team both at home and on the road.
"Aaron's obviously a special player, but just a special person and a special presence in our room," Boone said. "As upset as he was when he first got injured, one of the first conversations I had with him was, 'You can still impact us in a big way.' And I absolutely feel like he has. He's a part of our hitters' meetings (that precede every series), he's a part of kind of integrating new players that we've brought in to the clubhouse. He's a part of our postgame when we talk and we talk about a victory or whatever. He's been a huge part of this and a huge presence in all of it."
Judge has five homers and 11 RBI in 20 games this season.