Yankees OF Aaron Judge explained how he has been feeling soreness in his shoulder for about a week now on Tuesday, and manager Aaron Boone said that it will likely lead to him missing at least the team's first spring training game on Saturday.
But it might not be any longer than that.
Judge was seen throwing at practice on Wednesday, and Boone gave an update on the All-Star's status.
"So he threw today and when I buzzed him on it real quick, he was just 'Game ready,'" Boone said. "We'll still take it easy, but sounds like -- I haven't gotten the report yet -- but sounds like that went well and start re-introducing the full swinging and stuff in the next couple of days I would think."
Just as Boone said, the Yankees will "treat it conservatively" as to not aggravate Judge's injury this early into spring training, which is the obvious smart thing to do. Judge was put through numerous tests that included an MRI to see if there were any underlying issues. Luckily, the results were nothing alarming.
"He's been here obviously a couple weeks and just dealing with some, I guess, crankiness, little soreness in his shoulder so we've kinda been treating him and want to make sure we treat it conservatively and get him in a really good spot before we hit the ground running with him," Boone explained on Tuesday.
Judge missed one game late last season (on Sept. 19) in part because of some shoulder pain that resulted from an attempt to make a diving catch in the outfield, something that Boone alluded to. Judge's biggest injury, though, was his oblique strain that kept him out from April 21 to June 20.