(Yonhap) – Ailing American professional baseball slugger Aaron Judge (New York Yankees) has raised the possibility of a late-season return.
Jersey threw live batting for the first time since suffering a toe injury at Yankee Stadium in New York on Thursday (July 24), local media reported.
Live batting is an actual batting practice in which the batter hits a ball thrown by the pitcher on the mound.
Jersey, who is rehabilitating from elbow surgery, hit 16 pitches thrown by pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga, and although he did not hit an in-play ball, his swing was judged to be sharp for the first time.
The injury occurred on March 4, when Jersey struck his big toe on the outfield fence after making a play at first base during a game against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers.
A postgame examination revealed a torn ligament in the toe, and he has been rehabbing for nearly two months.
“The pain in my toe isn’t completely gone, but I’m recovering well,” Jersey said after practice.
The Yankees, who have slipped to fourth place in the American League East, will get a major boost in the late-season wild-card race if Judge returns.
After hitting 62 home runs and being named the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) last year, 토토사이트 Judge became a free agent and signed a nine-year, $360 million contract with his former team, the Yankees.