The ‘Heads Down MVP’ jersey is finally back → Weekend comeback
Aaron Judge (31, New York Yankees) is back after a lengthy injury layoff. He is expected to return as early as this weekend against the Baltimore Orioles.
MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, commented on the timing of Jersey’s return from the disabled list on July 27 (ET).
According to the report, the New York Yankees plan to activate Judge from the disabled list on the 29th. While it’s not 100% confirmed yet, it’s looking very likely that Jersey will return this weekend.안전놀이터
He is currently working out at the Yankees’ spring training facility in Tampa, Florida. The mention of a return this weekend indicates that his rehabilitation is complete.
The Yankees will have 28 days off after a home game against the New York Mets on April 27, before returning home for a three-game series against Baltimore from April 29-31.
Should Judge be cleared to return this weekend, he will now fly straight from Tampa, Florida, to Baltimore to join the Yankees’ roster.
Judge previously left a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 4 after hitting his right foot on the fence while fielding, which at the time appeared to be a minor injury.
However, it was later revealed that he suffered ligament damage to his right big toe rather than a simple bruise, and the injury was bad enough to warrant a season-long suspension.
However, Judge has continued to train with the goal of returning this season, and his return comes at a critical time for the team, which is in last place in the American League East.
Through 26 games, the Yankees are 53-48 on the season for a .525 winning percentage. They’re over .500, but in last place in the American League East.
However, it’s too early to count them out of the postseason. They’re only 2.5 games out of the third wild-card spot with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Aaron Judge. Photo by Getty Images.
The timing of Judge’s return is crucial because if he can hit like he did before his injury, the Red Sox can still challenge for a postseason berth.
Last year, the American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) hit .291 with 19 home runs, 40 RBIs, a .404 slugging percentage and a 1.078 OPS in 49 games before his injury.
After a long and disappointing absence due to a major injury, it will be interesting to see if Judge can lead the struggling Yankees to the postseason.