The decision to take it slow with Aaron Judge’s surgically repaired left shoulder at the beginning of spring training appears to have paid off. With five exhibition games remaining, Judge’s bat looks ready to open the season, which starts March 29 against the Blue Jays in Toronto. “It’s getting there,’’ Judge said after swatting two homers in Wednesday night’s 9-4 win over the Orioles, in which he played all nine innings with Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hicks. “You want to make sure you peak on Opening Day and not before.’’ Earlier in the day, Giancarlo Stanton said he noticed Judge wasn’t satisfied with hitting 52 homers and driving in 114 runs, which won him the AL Rookie of the Year award last year. “Stats don’t carry over, nobody cares about last year,’’ Judge said. Judge also said almost not making the team out of spring training a year ago is burned into his memory. “You can’t forget that, you never forget that,’’ Judge said. Aaron Boone plans to hit Judge second for his ability to get on base and his power. With two walks, Judge provided both. “I feel like he’s been good for a couple of weeks. He’s winning a lot of pitches,’’ Boone said.
Yankees played their Aaron Judge cards perfectly
New York Post | Mar 22