TORONTO — Not even a dislocated pinky can slow down Aaron Judge.
After he suffered the injury in Sunday’s win at Boston, not only was Judge back in the lineup Tuesday night, but also he homered, doubled and hit a sacrifice fly in the Yankees’ 7-2 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
“It doesn’t feel too good,’’ Judge said. “It’s just something I have to put up with. We have a couple games left down the stretch into the playoff push. I want to be out there.”
“To see him go out there and get a base hit right away, then smokes a homer and smokes a sacrifice fly, he looked comfortable,” manager Aaron Boone said. “I felt like he was gonna be OK. To see him go out and have immediate success was encouraging.”
Prior to the game, Boone acknowledged it could have been worse, but said it needed to be monitored.
“Fortunately it wasn’t something too serious or something to keep him out of the lineup,’’ Boone said. “It’s probably something he’ll have to deal with. We’re confident he should be fine and not inhibited from doing anything.’’
Boone was also pleased with how Judge has looked in the outfield after being used as designated hitter on consecutive days last week, when the manager called him “banged up.”
“I thought he moved around great defensively in Boston,’’ Boone said. “The off-day [Monday] was beneficial for him, too.”
Joey Gallo was also able to play after taking a pitch off his shin in Sunday’s win. He went 0-for-5.
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