Yankees' Aaron Judge to join Giancarlo Stanton on AAA rehab assignment

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge recently has been making good progress recovering from an oblique strain that's had him on the injured list since April 21

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge recently has been making good progress recovering from an oblique strain that's had him on the injured list since April 21

Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge will be on rehab assignments with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beginning Friday, the Yankees announced.

Stanton will continue the rehabbing process he began after he suffered a calf injury during his initial rehab assignment.

Stanton, who homered three times in two games for Class-A Tampa this week, is expected to play Friday through Sunday for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before being evaluated. He's likely to be activated on Tuesday, per manager Aaron Boone.

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Stanton has been out since the opening series of the season with a shoulder problem, followed by a calf strain suffered earlier in the rehab process, while Judge has been out since April 20 with a strained oblique - just two in a never-ending series of injuries for NY this season, but obviously two significant losses. The two have combined for just 23 games and 104 plate appearances between them, although that hasn't stopped the Yankees from putting together the fourth-best record in the Majors as they jostle with the Rays for the AL East lead. But Judge probably would need a little longer stint with the Triple-A club. Boone said the plan was to have him serve as the DH the first two games before playing him in the outfield.

"We'll want him to get out there and get some back-to-back games where he's on defense and it's more about building up that kind of in-baseball-shape kind of thing, " Boone said.

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