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Judge back in Yanks lineup; Tanaka returns to mound Thursday

New York Yankees Aaron Judge bats in the cage at Yankees summer baseball training camp, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Judge...
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge bats in the cage at Yankees summer baseball training camp, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Judg...
New York Yankees Aaron Hicks, left, and Luke Voit, above right, watch as Aaron Judge begins his batting practice with a bunt at Yankees summer basebal...
New York Yankees Aaron Judge bats in the cage at Yankees summer baseball training camp, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Judge...
New York Yankees Giancarlo Stanton throws in the outfield during a workout at the Yankees summer baseball training camp, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at ...

New York Yankees Aaron Judge bats in the cage at Yankees summer baseball training camp, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Judge...

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge bats in the cage at Yankees summer baseball training camp, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Judg...

New York Yankees Aaron Hicks, left, and Luke Voit, above right, watch as Aaron Judge begins his batting practice with a bunt at Yankees summer basebal...

New York Yankees Aaron Judge bats in the cage at Yankees summer baseball training camp, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Judge...

New York Yankees Giancarlo Stanton throws in the outfield during a workout at the Yankees summer baseball training camp, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at ...

NEW YORK (AP) — Right fielder Aaron Judge returned to the New York Yankees’ intrasquad lineup after missing five days due to a stiff neck.

“Had a good day of work yesterday,” manager Aaron Boone said before Wednesday's session.

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled for a bullpen session Thursday, his first action since he was struck on the head by a liner off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton on July 4.

“Every step of the way, as we’ve ramped up his workload he’s responded well,” Boone said. “We’d hope that he’d be able to see live hitters before opening day. Obviously, you’d want to get a couple bullpens in and then face live hitters.”

New ace Gerrit Cole is scheduled to start the July 23 opener at Washington, and Boone said left-hander James Paxton will start the second game at the Nationals on July 25. Paxton was to start Wednesday night’s intrasquad game after recovering from back surgery on Feb. 5.

Boone wouldn’t commit to a starter for the third game, on July 26 against the Nats.

New York remains unsure whether closer Aroldis Chapman and second baseman DJ LeMaheiu will be available for the opening. Both have been absent from training following positive tests for COVID-19.

“First things first, is getting them negative and back,” Boone said. “And when that happens, we’ll kind of make an evaluation of where we think they are and what’s the best course moving forward. But I haven’t let myself look at a day like, oh, we need them in by here.”

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Updated : 2021-01-28 08:19 GMT+08:00