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BBB Debates: Aaron Judge in the Leadoff spot

With Opening Day just six days away at this point, the Yankees 25-man roster is coming clearer into focus.  What may not be clear, just yet, is the batting order that Aaron Boone will roll out next Thursday when the Yankees take the field against J.A. Happ and the rival Toronto Blue Jays. Today, Boone may have peeled back the curtain a bit into what exactly he might be planning.

In a few minutes, the Yankees will take the field against the Boston Red Sox in one of their final games of the 2018 Spring Training season (TV: YES, ESPN).  You may have noticed already, but Boone is batting 2017 American League MVP Runner-Up and 2017 American League Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge in the leadoff spot today versus Boston left-hander Brian Johnson. Yankees vs. Red Sox today at 1:05pm on @YESNetwork and ESPN pic.twitter.com/oOJIADjqcH — Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) March 23, 2018

Said Yankee manager Aaron Boone on if this would be a recurring theme throughout the season?: “I have thought about it…

Injury updates on Greg Bird and Aroldis Chapman

As the Yankees head into the summer, they have began seeing their schedule with fewer and fewer off days. But playing so frequently also means having ups and downs. As the Yankees enter the closing series’ of the month of May, two players that the Yankees currently have on the disabled list are close to returning.
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Aroldis Chapman was placed on the DL on May 4th with rotator cuff inflammation in his left shoulder.

Problems with velocity and control led the Yankees to believe something was wrong, despite what Chapman was saying to media. Soon after, Chapman caved and agreed his shoulder was becoming a problem. The plan for him was to rest for 10 days, and then begin to throw again, according to Yankees’ trainer Steve Donahue.

The Yankees look to have Chapman back soon, as his setback is nothing serious. He was reevaluated Monday, and the indications are that he will begin a throwing program in the near future, a big step towards his return.

“He feels good,” Yankee manager Joe Girardi said.

Greg Bird, who has been on the DL since May 2nd with a right ankle bruise, has made progress as well according to Girardi.
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Bird’s ankle has bothered him all through April, when he fouled a ball into it at the end of his astounding spring training. Since the regular season started, Bird has batted .100/.250/.200 with only one home run in 60 at-bats. He left Yankees fans disappointed as his regular season start was nothing compared to his unstoppable spring training. It is believed that Bird’s ankle injury is one of the factors of his poor start.

Bird could be returning to the Bronx very soon. He has been light running at the stadium, and took dry swings yesterday (swings with a bat but no ball). Additionally, he is likely to began hitting off a tee as well as some soft toss today.

“He’ll go through baseball activities this week,” Girardi said. “We’ll see where he is at the end of the week.”

Article by: Natalie Calzetoni