Yankees OF Judge sidelined with stiff neck

The New York Yankees held outfielder Aaron Judge out of their intrasquad game for the second straight day on Sunday as he deals with neck stiffness.

He was scratched on Saturday night, and on Sunday, manager Aaron Boone said he won’t rush the slugger back.

“He’s in getting treatment now,” Boone told reporters. “Getting a little more work. He is still a little stiff and just something that obviously we don’t want to push at this point.

“I feel like he’s been able to get a lot of work in and a lot of at-bats to this point. So I just thought it was better than to not push it today, but he is doing a little bit better today but still pretty stiff in there.”

Judge sat out spring training, before it was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic, with shoulder pain that ultimately was found to stem from a fractured rib. During the break, he worked out and rehabbed at the Yankees’ facility in Tampa, Fla.

General manager Brian Cashman said in May that he expected Judge would be able to play in July, if the season were to start.

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