The Yankees played three exhibition games over the last three days, and star outfielder Aaron Judge played in two of them.

Judge did not play in the first game against the Mets but did play in the second game against the Mets and the one game against the Phillies.

Aaron Judge was recovering from a stress fracture in his rib that he suffered last September, and he also suffered a collapsed lung.

Now though, he is absolutely crushing baseballs the same way he did when he was completely healthy. Judge launched not one, not two, but three home runs in two games.

In the second game against the Mets, he obliterated two baseballs.

Destroyed a high and tight fastball, which he most definitely could not do with a fractured rib.

Here he hits a hanging breaking ball from Drew Smith and sends it to the left-field seats.

Photo: Mary Altaffer/Associated Press

One of Aaron Judge’s problems last season, when he was injured, was pulling hits. Almost every time he hit a home run while he still felt the lasting effects of his oblique injury, he was pushing the hits to right field. Once he looked completely recovered from that injury, he started pulling home runs, just as he did against the Mets. He is turning on baseballs like nobody’s business, and sending them to the seats.

His home run against the Phillies was an interesting one, in the sense that the inning was over when he hit it.

The Yankees had already recorded three outs, but Joe Girardi made Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez pitch to Aaron Judge anyway. He soon regretted it.

The run counted, but man, Summer Camp baseball is strange.
All Rise. Aaron Judge is ready for Major League Baseball to start on Thursday!

Featured Image: Mary Altaffer/Associated Press
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