Latest Yankees’ Aaron Judge injury update: When could he play again? – NJ.com

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NEW YORK — The Yankees are taking it extra slow with star right fielder Aaron Judge.

Mangaer Aaron Boone said he was “hopeful” that Judge, fighting a stiff neck, could play in Tuesday’s planned intrasquad game at Yankee Stadium.

“But we’ll see,” Boone said Sunday.

Judge didn’t play Sunday due to the injury. He was also a late scratch from Saturday’s lineup.

Boone said the belief if that Judge slept on his neck wrong Saturday. He reported feeling pain when he got up that morning.

“I don’t think it’s going to be something that keeps him down too long,” Boone said, “but most of us have had that kind of neck where, you get it wrong and it makes hitting tough. We’ll be smart with it. We won’t push it. We’ll see how he is going into (Monday) and we’ll go from there.”

The Yankees have a light workout scheduled Monday. They will host batting practice in the Bronx.

Judge spent the coronavirus shutdown recovering from a broken right rib. He was diagnosed with the injury March 6. The Yankees believe he suffered it in September diving for a ball and worked out with it all offseason.

He has looked healthy throughout the spring training reboot — when he’s been on the field. He played in intrasquad games last week after missing every single game during the spring training that happened in Tampa.

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