CHICAGO — The Yankees’ hopes that Aaron Judge could begin taking dry swings this week in Chicago won’t be fulfilled.
“He is not [ready] yet,’’ manager Aaron Boone said of Judge, who is on the DL with a fractured right wrist. “With Aaron, it’s going to be one of those things [where] the pain has to be all the way out of there.’’
What that means about when Judge returns to the lineup can’t be assessed until the pain subsides. When Judge suffered the injury on July 26, the Yankees felt he would miss at least three weeks. Tuesday was Judge’s 11th day on the shelf. Since he won’t dry swing on Wednesday, that’s almost two weeks without even taking swings with no impact.
Even though Boone doesn’t know when the pain will exit Judge’s wrist, the manager thinks Judge will progress quickly.
“Once [the pain is out], I think it goes fast potentially because he is in great shape and has been able to do all his conditioning, lower body and even upper body,’’ Boone said. “Once that’s out of there, I would expect it to go pretty fast, but we are going to be and Aaron is going to be smart about making sure he is pain free when he is making those movements throwing and obviously swinging the bat.’’
Gary Sanchez’s second stint on the DL, due to a strained right groin he suffered on July 24, started with his average at .188 and his defense not much better than a year ago. But he did have 14 homers and 42 RBIs in 66 games. Yet, GM Brian Cashman and Boone said on Tuesday the Yankees have missed a quality player.
“We think he is a great player, and obviously when he is not available to us we miss him,’’ Cashman said of Sanchez, who isn’t expected back until the end of this month or the beginning of September.
Boone echoed his boss.
“We miss what we know his production will be over the long haul, which is probably the best hitting catcher in the sport,’’ Boone said of Sanchez, without whom the Yankees were 6-7 going into Tuesday night’s game against the White Sox.
“Even though he obviously has his ups and downs, you know a guy of his stature over the course of a long season can do all kinds of damage. Even this year, he has had some struggles, he still managed to be pretty productive.’’
According to Boone, J.A. Happ was scheduled to throw a bullpen session in Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. If that went well, the lefty was slated to come off the DL and start Thursday night against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium. Happ, who has made one start for the Yankees, is on the DL with hand, foot and mouth disease.
When Austin Romine wasn’t in Tuesday night’s lineup for the second straight game, Boone was asked if there was a physical problem with his first-string catcher.
“We ran Ro out there five days in a row — I knew he would need another day at some point. I just felt like two in a row might be a good thing,’’ Boone said. “Nothing more than that.’’ …
Kyle Higashioka started for the second straight game behind the plate. …
Boone said that Clint Frazier (concussion) hit on the field Monday, and while he still has some symptoms “he is feeling better.’’
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