Yankees DH Matt Holliday believes it is only a matter of time before OF Aaron Judge breaks out of his second-half slump.
Holliday, who was recently activated off the 10-day DL due to a back injury, thinks Judge will not only break out of his hitting troubles. He is going to come out red hot.
"It looks like the timing is going to be awesome," Holliday told NY Daily News' Christian Red. "When you come out of these things, especially when you have the talent he has, it comes out big. It's gonna come out at the right time. He carried us for a long time in the first half. There's a stretch of that coming, and it's gonna be good timing. I'm not worried about (Judge) at all. I'm going to give him a hug. I'm excited about what's coming."
Judge has used Holliday's veteran leadership through the ups and downs of his first full season in the MLB, even while Holliday wasn't in the lineup.
"I was still talking to him," Judge said. "He's a leader and a mentor. I just was always asking questions in spring training. He's just a great guy -- welcome me in, welcomed in a lot of younger guys. He's a leader of this team, and a leader of this clubhouse."
Holliday knows "there's no need to panic" with Judge because he has been through a few slumps in his career as well.
Though Holliday was not in the starting lineup Friday, he feels his swing is back to the way it should feel.
"I felt real good about some of my swings from at-bats the last few days," Holliday said. "Playing against Minnesota (Triple-A Rochester Red Wings), they had a couple big league guys on reassignment and they're Triple-A bullpen is high 90s, kind of what you see in the big leagues. I felt like I got the chance to see some really good pitching. Felt good about some of my at-bats, and the timing of it."
In three games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Holliday went 2-for-10 with two singles and three runs scored. He owns a .229 average with 16 homers and 51 RBI this year.
Judge is 27-fior-151 (.179) entering Friday's game against the Red Sox.