While Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has been out for three and a half weeks with a chip fracture in his right wrist, he says it could be another two and a half weeks before he returns.
Judge, who has been out since July 26 when he was hit by a Jakob Junis fastball against the Royals, has thrown but has yet to swing a bat and said he is still dealing with pain in the wrist.
"I think it usually takes about four to six weeks for stuff like that to heal, so, wait for those six weeks,'' Judge said, according to the North Jersey Record's Pete Caldera.
Judge has thrown from 90 feet, ran and participated in conditioning drills, but the key for his return is when he will be able to swing a bat. He has expressed his frustration at not being in the lineup to help the Yankees push toward the playoffs.
Doctors initially placed a three-week timeframe for Judge to resume swinging and manager Aaron Boone suggested Judge could take dry swings last Friday, which ultimately did not happen. Should Judge miss another two and a half weeks, that would set a return date around the first week of September.
"It's still healing," said Judge, who was hitting .285 with 26 home runs and 61 RBIs in 99 games prior to going on the DL. "It's still fractured. (There's) still a little bit of pain in there. But that's what we're just trying to get past right now.''