April 17, 2021

New York Yankees welcome back Aaron Judge, transfer James Paxton to 45-day IL (ESPN)


NEW YORK — The New York Yankees activated All-Star right fielder Aaron Judge on Wednesday and batted him second against Toronto, giving the team a full stable of active regulars for the first time since Aug. 8.

Judge went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in a 13-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees hit seven homers on the night, three coming from catcher Kyle Higashioka and two from DJ LeMahieu.

The team also said it was transferring left-hander James Paxton to the 45-day injured list, ending his regular season and potentially his time as a Yankee.

Judge had been out since Aug. 26 after reaggravating a strained right calf and landing on the injured list for the second time this season. Judge initially went on the IL on Aug. 14, returned for one game and promptly was put back on the shelf.

Judge entered the night batting .292 with nine home runs, 20 RBIs and a 1.081 OPS in 18 games this season.

“Writing him back in the lineup is big,” manager Aaron Boone said.

Paxton hasn’t pitched since Aug. 20, and New York had been hoping he could recover from a strained left flexor tendon in his throwing arm in time to pitch again this season. The 31-year-old suffered a setback in his…

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