Yankees OF Aaron Judge made a cameo appearance in the outfield since coming off the 10-day DL, but he has yet to make one at home plate. However, manager Aaron Boone said that could change during their next series with the Red Sox.
Speaking before the series finale against the Blue Jays, Boone noted the "possibility" of Judge being fully active for a crucial series with Boston.
"I would say it's a possibility," Boone told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "I don't think we're there. That's potentially in the timeline, but I wouldn't say we're there to make that call yet. I'd say around that time, he could be close. I would think by some point on this homestand, assuming everything continues to progress, he should be active."
Judge has been able to take regular batting practice recently, and Boone said that he was set to hit against a high-velocity pitching machine on Sunday. If all goes well, Boone is hoping to see Judge getting a nice handful of at-bats before the postseason comes.
"I thik there's a realistic chance that 30, 40 at-bats exist," Boone said. "With hitting, I believe it's one of those things that is a little bit unpredictable. Whether you're a decent player or you're a great player like Aaron Judge, sometimes that timing can happen quickly.
"... It's a little bit unpredictable in that nature, but I also do believe that there's enough at-bats there, especially for a great player, that there's a chance he could get into the flow and be the guy we've known."
Before Judge's injury, he owned a .285/.398/.548 slash line with 26 homers and 61 RBI over 100 games.