Yankees: Positive Aaron Judge injury update shouldn’t get NYY fans’ hopes up

Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates his fifth inning home run against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium on August 11, 2020 in New York City. The Yankees defeated the Braves 9-6. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates his fifth inning home run against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium on August 11, 2020 in New York City. The Yankees defeated the Braves 9-6. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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The Yankees provided an injury update on Aaron Judge.

Before the New York Yankees’ Friday doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles, manager Aaron Boone spoke to the media and got fans excited when it was officially revealed Clarke Schmidt would be placed on the team’s taxi squad with the possibility of playing this weekend.

But that wasn’t all. Yankees fans also got an update on Aaron Judge, who returned to the injured list on Aug. 28 in his first game back after being activated due to a calf injury. The second stint, according to Boone, is expected to be much longer.

However, Judge is already resuming baseball activities a week into being put on the shelf. That’s pretty great news, right?

Well … not really. Boone then followed that up by saying he expects Judge to be “back before the postseason,” which isn’t exactly a narrow timeframe given there are still 22 games left. So that could mean he’ll be back in one week or three weeks?

We don’t know! This one’s going to feel a lot like Giancarlo Stanton’s situation. He was expected to return in 3-4 weeks when the team initially diagnosed him with a hamstring strain on Aug. 8. Well, we’re on the fourth week now, and Boone said the slugger is still “ways away.”

Though the fact Judge is seemingly progressing quickly after there was much silence regarding his status, fans shouldn’t get their hopes up. Stanton’s been doing baseball activities for … a good while now and Boone recently mentioned he was only running at 75-80% just a couple days ago.

It’d really be nice to see these guys on the field at the same time, honestly.

Nonetheless, expect the Yankees to continue to take Judge’s rehab slow, even if he is on the field and getting back into the swing of things. At this point, Yankees fans should know “resuming baseball activities” hardly means we’re out of the woods with getting someone back on the active roster in a timely fashion.

These lower body injuries have cursed the Bombers the last two seasons and they can’t let them derail yet another playoff run in 2020.