Yankees manager Aaron Boone said OF Aaron Judge could begin swinging a bat as soon as this week as he works his way back from a wrist injury, reports Mandy Bell of MLB.com.
"His range of motion is really good right now, but getting to that end point we got to get that pain out of there," Boone said. "Once that happens, he'll get a bat in his hands. Hopefully it starts to progress from there very quickly."
The Yankees initially gave Judge, who left a Yankees-Royals game July 26 after he was hit by a Jakob Junis fastball in the wrist, a three-week timetable to return.
Boone said at the end of last week that in the meantime, Judge has still been able to maintain his conditioning and lifting schedule, but that he did not want to take any chances with Judge's wrist until he doesn't feel pain.
"Once the pain is out of there, then it's a go," he said at the time, according to Newsday's Laura Albanese.
The 26-year-old Judge was hitting .285 with 26 home runs and 61 RBIs in 99 games prior to going on the disabled list. Doctors did not recommend Judge immediately undergo surgery once the Yankees announced the extent of his injury.