LAKELAND, Fla. – For the better part of a week, Aaron Judge has submitted to medical tests without receiving any concrete answers.
Some days he awakens with soreness near his right pectoral muscle.
Other days, the ache is in his right shoulder.
“I’m pretty frustrated,’’ the slugging right fielder said on Thursday morning at Yankees camp. “I want to be out there with my team, supporting them, being on the field, battling with them.’’
And yet, the mystery of Judge’s spring training ailment continues.
While the Yankees traveled to TigerTown for an exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers, Judge was headed for more tests and medical consultations at Tampa.
“Couple more tests, couple more talks with doctors,’’ Judge said. “We’ll kind of try and figure out what’s going on (but) quite a few of the tests are coming back clean.’’
Exactly three weeks from the Yankees season opener, Judge still has no clear idea when he’ll be allowed to swing a bat or throw a baseball.
But he remains optimistic about being ready for the March 26 opener at Baltimore if he gets a green light soon to ramp up baseball activity.
“(The) goal is always to be ready for opening day,’’ Judge said. “You need about 30 at-bats to get ready for the season.
“I’ve still got plenty of time for that, and if I don’t get them here, I can go on the back field or go across the street (to the minor league complex) to get those at-bats,’’ Judge said. “We’ve just got to get answers first.’’
But in Judge’s case, it’s been difficult to merely pinpoint the problem.
“That’s what’s making it tough, trying to describe what I’m feeling,’’ said Judge, adding that it’s been “a combination’’ of discomfort in the pec area and shoulder.
“One day, I’ll wake up and the chest is feeling good, next day the shoulder’s feeling bad,’’ Judge said. “Just kind of back and forth right now.’’