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Aaron Judge’s toe injury had raised concerns among the Yankees community, as his presence in the lineup is crucial to the team’s success. Since Aaron Judge left the field, the team has slumped further down in the East division with consecutive losses. At this stage, the team is unlikely to stay in contention for the playoffs, which makes the slugger’s return even more crucial.

From June 4 to June 30, Aaron Judge was yet to begin any field activities owing to significant pain in the injured toe. However, a few days later, news came in that the Yankees captain was spotted playing catch and hitting off a tee during training drills. Meanwhile, the reigning MVP has embarked on yet another step into recovery which could be looked at as a positive sign.


Aaron Judge Is Up And Running, Confirms Aaron Boone!

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New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge walks on the field before a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Just last week, Yankees injured captain Aaron Judge said that even though he has resumed some minor field activities, he does not see them as crucial recovery steps. Judge believes that the key to faster healing is to be able to run at full potential. So far, he could not make a sprint in the field owing to pain in the injured toe. But now, things have changed. As per the Yankees manager’s latest comments, the reigning MVP has resumed running on an anti-gravitational treadmill. According to Aaron Boone’s assessment, Judge is probably running at about 80% of his ability. While the team still has no timeline to offer, they confirmed the batter’s healing is going in the right direction.

Earlier, Aaron Judge debunked any concerns over his return this season. He vowed to take the field this season for the Yankees at any cost. The doctors treating his injury even suggested surgery. But the batter refused to opt for that extreme measure. He says that he is not at that stage where a surgical route is inevitable. Hence, those concerns can be addressed in the off-season. For now, the captain wants to prioritize his team and his probable return to the field. Having said that, without a timeline and enough clarity from the team officials, it is difficult to pinpoint a return window for Judge. Perhaps, an ideal guess would be a couple of weeks after the All-Star break, given the slugger does not suffer any more setbacks.

Without Judge And Mike Trout, All-Star Game’s Ticket Sales Witness A Dip

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This season’s mid-summer classic, the All-Star game, is scheduled to take place on July 11 in Seattle. However, many star names are likely to give this event a miss. Most popular players of MLB, Aaron Judge, and Mike Trout, will skip this event due to injuries. On top of that, star two-way player Shohei Ohtani is likely to restrict himself to the DH role. As a result, the hype of the annual event among the fans has reduced significantly.

As per TicketIQ, “the average price for the All-Star Game is down 4% over the last week, from $1,045 to $1,004, while the get-in price (cheapest ticket) declined 12%, from $445 to $393.” Greg Cohen, vice president of growth at TicketIQ, further added that the sale prices have just started to dip recently after Aaron Judge and Mike Trout pulled out of the event. But Greg also added that prices tend to go down in the week leading to the event. It’s been a trend. Regardless, losing players like Judge and Trout certainly left an impact.