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Yankees’ Aaron Judge ‘in a good spot’, on track for Opening Day

New York Yankees star outfielder Aaron Judge returned to the lineup Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and it was smooth sailing coming off an abdominal injury.

The captain wasted no time returning to form. His first-inning double drove in a hustling Juan Soto from first base as the catalyst to a four-run first inning. Judge wound up playing three innings before being pulled for a pinch hitter in the fourth. He added a walk and two runs scored to his line before exiting.

“I think we’ll be in a good spot,” Judge said Wednesday after his return. “I’m going to get my work in like I have been for the past couple of weeks, and we’ll be ready to go for Opening Day.”

After missing nine days due to an abdominal injury he suffered during a March 10 game against the Atlanta Braves. He said he felt some discomfort in his abdominal area while swinging.

This resulted in the Yankees star getting some imaging done before going through a slight program to keep him in shape as he recovered.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone echoed the confidence that Judge is on track to be ready for the Opening Day game against the Houston Astros on March 28, especially after the imaging came back clean.

“I knew right away we’re probably in a good spot. It was just making sure it didn’t turn into something,” Boone said during an in-game interview. “Definitely good to get him out there and obviously want to build him, get some games under his belt going into the season.”

Judge is expected to play three more times, barring a setback. That includes Friday against the New York Mets followed by the Saturday split-squad home game against the Philadelphia Phillies and finally against the Mets on Monday to wrap up Spring Training.

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