Aaron Judge, who hit a home run in the Yankees’ 1-0 win over the Royals Thursday night at the stadium, has started 51 of the Yankees’ first 100 games this season in center field, including almost every day. the last two months.
That should change, according to Aaron Boone, who said he envisions Judge “being a little more in the right field” in the final two months of the season.
Judge has handled center field well, in the midst of an MVP campaign, although the position places an additional burden on his 6-foot-7, 282-pound frame. He missed a game in Boston this month with calf pain and also received occasional rest days to ensure he remains healthy.
“Overall I think he’s as healthy as he’s been… I think that’s been the case this year, especially since he’s played in the middle of the pitch “Boone said. “I don’t want to overreact to that, but I also want to be smart as we enter the final two months.”
The acquisition of Andrew Benintendi, who will play regularly in left field, frees up Aaron Hicks, who had moved to left, to return to play more in center field. Giancarlo Stanton is also expected to play right field when he returns from the injured list.
Thursday marked day 14 without pitching for Luis Severino, who is on the 15-day IL with a low-quality right lateral stump. Boone said the Yankees could make an assessment by Friday on whether Severino is fit to start throwing.
“I know he’s doing pretty well,” Boone said.
To make room for Benintendi on the 26-man roster, the Yankees moved to outfielder Tim Locastro at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.