Yankees release outfielder Willie Calhoun just hours before activating captain Aaron Judge from disabled list
- Willie Calhoun hit .239 for the New York Yankees this season in 44 games
- The Yankees will be happy to have Aaron Judge back in the lineup this weekend
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Calhoun, who hit .239 for the Yankees this season in 44 games, was slated for assignment Friday and Judge is expected to return to the lineup tonight against the Orioles.
Judge has been on the injured list since June 4 with a torn toe ligament, and the Yankees needed to open up a roster spot for his return.
The New York Post previously reported that judge was considering a comeback against the Mets earlier this week, with manager Aaron Boone opting for a little more patience and deciding on Friday.
Calhoun was himself on the 10-day injured list with a quadratic strain, but will not return to the Yankees after his recovery.
The New York Yankees released outfielder Willie Calhoun on Friday afternoon
Aaron Judge reportedly returns to MLB action on Friday after nearly two months away
The 28-year-old started the season in Triple-A but was recalled in April.
Judge hasn’t been on the Yankees roster since hitting the lower wall at Dodger Stadium on June 3.
And the Yankees struggled without him.
New York went 19-23 with Judge out, and fell to last place in a competitive AL East with a 54-48 record.
However, with the Yankees just 2.5 games from the last wildcard spot — with 60 games remaining — they’re hoping Judge can help them get back into playoff position.