TAMPA – Aaron Judge says Aaron Boone is going to do punching exercises.
“Expect to start his punch program and start him up [Friday]"The manager said about his right field player, who has been banned from punch training since the camp with pain in his right shoulder." He will be in the cage and hit and throw gently. Feel good where he is. "
After not playing catch on Tuesday when the Yankees held their first full-squad training, Judge did so on Wednesday and Thursday.
"He threw again [Thursday] and it went well. He threw it out a little further, "said Boone.
Depending on what Judge looks like on Friday, there is a possibility that he will start punch training sometime over the weekend.
Given that Luis Severino has pain in his right forearm and James Paxton has been absent from lower back surgery at least until June, it is badly needed positive news for the Yankees, who have been on the injured list 39 times last season and still won 103 games and the AL East.
Clint Frazier, wearing his pinstriped pants, walked over the knee, which resembled a soccer player, while doing punching exercises.
Frazier's plus bat speed was also seen. With a list from 25 to 26, Frazier is in the mix for a reserve outfield job, but infielder Tyler Wade is perceived as a favorite.
With Saturday, the start of the exhibition plan against the Blue Jays on the Steinbrenner Feld, Friday is the last training session with a full squad. The Yankees will then conduct a team retention exercise on the GMS Field site.