Yankees OF Aaron Judge may not be able to help right now, but he isn't going to wave the white flag in the AL East race.
New York currently sits eight games behind Boston for the division lead entering Friday night, and after the Sox gave them a rough four-game sweep this past weekend, many believe the division race is over.
Judge says he and the rest of the team are not going to give in to that kind of talk.
"We're always hunting for that division," Judge said at the Oakley store in Manhattan as he introduced his new line with the sunglasses company. "August just started. We still got August and September and a lot of crazy things can happen. So, for us, our goal has always been the division. It doesn't matter how many games were back. We're going to keep fighting for that because we got a good team."
Unfortunately, Judge is useless as he continues to rehab a chip fracture in his right hand. He admitted that there is still discomfort in that hand, and he hasn't been able to pick up a bat yet.
"There's going to be discomfort for a while," Judge said, according to NJ Advance Media's Brendan Kuty. "It's still fractured. So, [we're] going to wait until it heals up, and I guess I'll move forward with some throwing and stuff like that."
But the Yankees are bouncing back quickly after losing five straight, having now won four cosecutive games. Their schedule has been helpful with the White Sox and Rangers at the bottom of the MLB this season.
The Yankees also face the Red Sox six more times this season (both in September), and as Judge said, crazy things do happen in baseball.
So, the division race is far from over, which means the Yankees are not going to let up until the final regular season game says the division is out of reach.