The Yankees are being cautious with outfielder Aaron Judge following offseason shoulder surgery and won't have him make his spring training debut until next Wednesday, new manager Aaron Boone told reporters.
Judge, the AL Rookie of the Year in 2017, underwent arthroscropic surgery on his left shoulder in November to remove loose bodies and clean up cartilage, but "is in a really good place physically," according to Boone.
"In a lot of ways he's raring to go," Boone said, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo, "but we're going to be real cautious and slow-play it a bit."
Judge has participated in most drills and batting practice since reporting to the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Florida, according to Newsday's Erik Boland.
The 25-year-old Judge, who finished second in the AL MVP voting after hitting .284 with 52 home runs and 114 RBIs in his first full season in pinstripes, said earlier in the offseason he is excited for the team's potential after reaching the ALCS last season, especially considering the Yankees added NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton to their lineup.
"He's an MVP,'' Judge said about Stanton in December. "You can learn a lot from a guy like that, just kind of watching how he goes through his normal routine. I'm just looking forward to being around him. He'll blend right into this team. We've got a good chemistry in the clubhouse. He's going to be a great fit for New York.''