The Yankees initially projected that Judge was ready in a game situation in either the major leagues or a minor league rehabilitation three weeks after the July 26th injury he suffered when he was hit Thugs swinging from a pitch of Jakob Junis of the Kansas City Royals. But more than a month has passed and Richter still has to swing a ball on a tee.
General Manager Brian Cashman attributed the overly optimistic prognosis to Christopher Ahmad, the team's chief physician, in an interview with The New York Post. "That was a mistake he himself admitted," Cashman said of Ahmad. "In fairness to Aaron, four to six weeks are typical, and we usually do not promise too much, in which case the optimism and timeline were inaccurate."
Boone said that Richter still feels pain when he turns his wrist at the end of a swing and tries to throw full intensity. "We have to get to the point where this endpoint is coming and it does not exist anymore," Boone said. "And it's been going in the right direction, but it's something that has moved slowly."
As a result of Judge's absence, Boone brought Giancarlo Stanton out of the clean-up room and into second place in the lineup, where he usually worked well. In Stanton, Boone has used six players as clean-up hunters, Aaron Hicks, Didi Gregorius and rookie Miguel Andujar met eight times each in fourth place.
Monday night, Voit, who caused a furore at the weekend with three home runs, made three games against the Orioles in Baltimore, debuting as Yankees Cleanup Hitter. He went 1 for 4 and made a mistake that allowed Chicago's fifth run to score.
Inside Pitch  Gary Sanchez who was on the disabled list with a groin strain since July 24, launched a homerun on the first field he saw in a rehab game on Monday with class AAA Scranton / Wilkes-Barre, and later tripled. Manager Aaron Boone said Sanchez was "in a very good place" and could join the Yankees again when the team travels to Oakland next Monday. … Didi Gregorius who had missed the last six games with a bruise on his left foot, was due to visit the team doctor on Monday night, and Boone hoped he could come back if he could get off the list of the disabled Thursday. … Hideki Matsui the most valuable player of the 2009 World Series for the Yankees, was honored in a prelude ceremony in recognition of his recent admission to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. Matsui, 44, is the youngest member of the hall in Tokyo.