Aaron Judge is back.
The Yankees slugger and reigning AL MVP is was activated from the injured list Tuesday and will play for New York against the Oakland A’s. Judge has been sidelined with a hip sprain since April 27, missing New York’s last 10 games.
He missed just five games in his 2022 MVP season.
Judge initially suffered the injury during an awkward head-first slide on a steal attempt against the Minnesota Twins on April 26. The Yankees led 5-0 at the time.
The 19-17 Yankees went 4-6 in his absence.
The judge said on Monday that he is “ready to go” and that he has not felt an issue with his hip in several days. He also said he doesn’t regret trying to steal a game with the Yankees leading by five runs. He will just change his technique next time.
“I’m going to steal again,” Judge said, per MLB.com. “I don’t just slide on the head.”
Judge won MVP last season while setting the AL single-season record with 62 home runs. He also led the league with 131 RBI. In 26 games this season, Judge is slashing .261/.352/.511 with 6 home runs and 14 RBI. The Yankees are in last place in an AL East race where all five teams have a winning record, including the MLB-leading 29-7 Tampa Bay Rays.