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Yankees star Judge swings bat for first time since fracturing bone in wrist

September 4 2018 3:40 AM

New York Yankees star Aaron Judge has taken a major step towards returning to the field.

The 26-year-old swung a bat on Monday for the first time since he was hit by a pitch and fractured his wrist against the Kansas City Royals on July 26.

Judge, who hit 25 balls off a tee, said he felt no pain while swinging.

"I tried to just do my normal routine. I didn't want to take anything at 50 per cent," Judge said (via ESPN). "It felt great. I took some quality hacks."

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Judge was "starting to build momentum toward getting back".

"Once we get through this weekend, and if he continues to graduate, then you start really thinking about a possible timeline about maybe getting back," Boone said.

Judge, a two-time All-Star, has registered a .285/.398/.548 slash line in 99 games this season. He has also hit 26 home runs and tallied 61 RBIs.

The Yankees, who entered play Monday leading the American League wildcard race by 4.5 games, acquired outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for two prospects last week.

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