TAMPA – Aaron Judge took small steps on Wednesday to participate in all facets of spring training.
The judge did not take part in strike training due to a problem with the right shoulder, but unlike Tuesday, the right field player played catch. He also chased parking spaces in the Bullpen. The judge put ground balls in the right field, but did not throw into the infield like Miguel Andujar and Giancarlo Stanton.
Even though judge Aaron Boone said he was "ready to play" after the throw session, the manager said the Yankees were taking it easy.
"Start familiarizing him again with full swinging and so on in the next few days," said Boone of Judge, who hasn't been doing punch training in about a week, but is limited to working with the lower hand. "I'm sure it will likely start up again in the next day or two."
Boone said an MRI scan on the judge's shoulder looked the same as always.
"He had a few things in it when he was drafted Frankly, a lot of people do, "said Boone." It's typical of most baseball players. Not much has changed in that. "
Since MLB is making changes to video rooms in big league parks after the Astros and is using the technology to remove the catcher signs, Boone does not want the video rooms to be removed.
"I hope it won't be taken away completely," said Boone. "I think there is a way to get there [change] some things and still have the teaching aids there. "
Boone said he had not yet completed the pitching plans for the first round of the show season, but relied heavily on J.A. Coincidentally the first game against the Blue Jays on Saturday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. And Gerrit Cole said his next trip would be five days from Wednesday, which is likely due to an inning against the pirates at home on Monday night.