Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, who has been dealing with a shoulder issue, could make his Grapefruit League debut at some point next week, manager Aaron Boone said on Tuesday, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.
After being shut down from hitting for a few days (and not throwing at the beginning of last week), Judge began his hitting program this past Friday.
Judge had been prohibited from hitting since last Monday, but he and Boone have viewed his shoulder issue as minor.
With Judge expected to begin playing in games at some point in the first week of March, it's fair to believe his status for Opening Day is not in jeopardy.
But the shoulder issue is definitely something to keep an eye on.
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.