Wed Sep 16 3:52pm ET
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge, who is on the injured list, walks off the field after a brief workout in the outfield before the start of a baseball game between the Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge, who is on the injured list, gives a thumbs up to the Yankees bench coach after fielding a few balls in the outfield before the start of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees activated All-Star right fielder Aaron Judge on Wednesday before a game against Toronto and have all their regulars healthy and active for the first time since Aug. 8.
Judge has been out since Aug. 26 after re-aggravating a strained right calf and landing on the injured list for the second time this season. Judge initially went on the IL on Aug. 14, returned for one game and promptly went back on the IL.
New York has been short-handed offensively since designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton was sidelined by a strained left hamstring on Aug. 9. Stanton was activated for Tuesday night's game against Toronto.
Second baseman DJ LeMahieu, shortstop Gleyber Torres and third baseman Gio Urshela have also been placed on the IL this season, but all have since returned. The team suffered through a 5-15 slump amid the injuries, nearly dropping out of the AL's eight-team playoff picture.
The Yankees pounded Toronto 20-6 on Tuesday night to move a half-game ahead of the Blue Jays for second place in the AL East, with the top two teams ensured a postseason berth.
Judge is batting .292 with nine home runs, 20 RBIs and a 1.081 OPS in 18 games this season.
Starting pitchers James Paxton and Luis Severino remain on the injured list, along with reliever Tommy Kahnle. Only Paxton is a possibility to return to action this season, although the left-hander could be limited to relief work if he returns at all from a left flexor tendon strain.