The Yankees' spring training raised eyebrows when Aaron Judge was spotted flying balls in midfield. Now it seems like the bat is patrolling in the middle of the outfield when it matters.
The Yankees confirmed on Friday that Judge sometimes comes over from right to right as Aaron Hicks recovers from an inter-tension tension on the disabled list after the season opener. While Brett Gardner will be the primary midfielder at this time, coach Aaron Boone is skeptical about tricking the veteran.
"We are obviously in a situation of need, but we still need to protect (Gardner), especially with four days on the turf (in Toronto) and one day's play when we get home," Boone said New York Daily News. "We also need to get a full picture."
With that in mind, it's not surprising that Judge will make his MLB debut in the middle of the next few days. All 1
Richter took flyballs in midfield on Friday during the strike training and spoke out to the challenge.
"I'll be ready to go," he said. "There's more to cover, but the reading is easier, you get true reading instead of those nasty top-spin liners right at your corners, and I'll be fine if they call me to play the center."