Aaron Judge, who has been dealing with soreness in his right shoulder, will begin his hitting program on Friday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Thursday.
Judge has not been allowed to hit since Monday and has already been ruled out of the team's Grapefruit League opener, which is Saturday against the Blue Jays.
But both Boone and Judge viewed the issue as minor, and with Judge beginning his hitting program on Friday, it's fair to believe he'll be able to hit in games before too long.
While he has been shut down from hitting, Judge was seen throwing at practice on Wednesday.
"So he threw today and when I buzzed him on it real quick, he was just 'Game ready,'" Boone said on Wednesday. "We'll still take it easy, but sounds like -- I haven't gotten the report yet -- but sounds like that went well and start re-introducing the full swinging and stuff in the next couple of days I would think."
After missing roughly two months last season due to an oblique injury, Judge missed one game late last season (on Sept. 19) due in part to some shoulder pain that resulted from an attempt to make a diving catch in the outfield.