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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…

Yankees injury news: Tyler Austin to begin rehab assignment in AAA tomorrow

Amid all the trade rumors swirling around the Yankees, internal options are on the horizon of returning to the Major League team. One of them is 1B/OF Tyler Austin who is set to start his rehab assignment on Tuesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre per Joel Sherman. Austin injured his hamstring not long after his return from his foot injury which he had sustained in Spring Training.
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Austin’s return will put the Yankees in an interesting scenario with their roster makeup. With Cooper and Headley platooning at first base and the surplus of outfielders on the Yankees, Austin’s spot on the team is not nearly as clear nor needed as much as it was in June. Austin will likely play games for Scranton until his DL stint is over and a decision will have to be made.

Austin was batting .154/.200/.385, before he was placed on the disabled list. 

Article by: Ryan Thoms