It has been three weeks since Aaron Judge was placed on the disabled list with a chip fracture in his right wrist, and he is still, in his words, "frustrated" that he's not in the Yankees lineup.
"I'm not frustrated with the pace, I'm frustrated with being out," Judge said, according to NJ Advance Media's Brendan Kuty. "But the pace, you never know. I got a broken bone, it's still fractured. So [I] got to give it time to heal and I got to make sure I'm 100 percent before I go back out there, because I don't want to have a setback when I come back."
Judge received a cortisone shot in his right wrist earlier this week, and the team's initial three-week timetable has already passed. GM Brian Cashman said he doesn't think Judge will "hit the ground running" once he returns, whenever that may be.
The 26-year-old Judge said he can grip and hold a bat, but when it comes to being able to swing it, he said, "I'd be out there if I was."
Judge has been running on the field before games and will start "ramping things up" when the Yankees travel to Miami for a two-game series with the Marlins next week. That could include him playing catch or taking dry swings.
"I just got to keep myself busy during the games," Judge said. "I try to do anything I can to help the team. Even though I'm not out there playing, I want to try to do stuff to help the team win -- if that's either talking to a guy, motivating a guy, saying a little something or picking something up, just trying to keep myself busy."
He said his injury is "feeling good," however he added he does feel pain "at the end range."
Judge suffered the injury July 26 when he was hit by a 93 mph Jakob Junis fastball against the Royals. Doctors did not recommend Judge undergo surgery once the Yankees announced he would be on the DL, and in the days after his diagnosis, he had been using a soft cast to prevent swelling.
Though he wants to return as soon as possible, he said he is being cautious.
"I got to listen to the doctor," said Judge, who was hitting .285 with 26 home runs and 61 RBIs in 99 games prior to going on the DL. "They're the ones that make the big bucks and everything, so I've just got to listen to them and do what I can to get back to where I need to be."