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Yankees’ Aaron Judge gives alarming injury update

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Aaron Judge is playing catch and doing some light hitting, but still seems a long way away from running — which he’ll need to do before he’s ready to return to the Yankees lineup from the sprained big right toe that’s sidelined him for the past month.

And Judge said Tuesday that he’s not sure how long he’ll be dealing with the effects of the injury.

Surgery has not been ruled out, according to Judge, although he said if it does become necessary, he won’t have it until the offseason, as he attempts to come back this season.

“It doesn’t feel great,’’ Judge said Tuesday of both walking and light hitting before the Yankees faced the Orioles in The Bronx. “I don’t think it will ever feel normal. I can move around pretty well, but any injury, [it can bother you for] a year or two or three years. You never know what it’s gonna feel like.”

As The Post first reported Monday, Judge has been hitting off a tee.

The next step will be to advance to running.

That doesn’t sound close.


Aaron Judge injured his toe crashing into the fence at Dodger Stadium on June 3, 2023.
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“I’ve got to be able to run,’’ Judge said. “If I can run, then I can play. But me running at 10 percent isn’t helping anybody.”

On several occasions during his session with reporters on Tuesday, Judge referenced the dislocated pinky he suffered in 2021 that had long-term effects on the finger.

Somewhat alarmingly, Judge noted that he could be impacted by the toe injury for just as long.

“There’s talks of surgery, but I don’t think we’re at that [point],” Judge said. “We’re not doing that this year.”


Aaron Judge (c.) in the Yankees dugout during their win over the Orioles on July 3, 2023.
Aaron Judge (c.) in the Yankees dugout during their win over the Orioles on July 3, 2023.
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Asked if it could be an option for the offseason, Judge said, “Yeah, but I’m not a doctor.”

Whenever he does come back, Judge will be fitted for insoles.

“I’m doing anything I can to speed the process up,’’ Judge said.

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