Judge, who had been out since June 3 with a torn ligament in his right big toe, was limited to walks on Friday night. He lined out to right field in his first at-bat, but then drew walks in the second, third, and fifth innings.
The Yankees had a chance to win the game in the ninth inning, but Anthony Santander hit a walk-off home run off Aroldis Chapman.
The loss dropped the Yankees to 47-46 on the season. They are currently in third place in the American League East, 4.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox.
Judge’s return is a big boost for the Yankees, who have been struggling since he went on the injured list. He is one of the best players in baseball, and his presence in the lineup will give the Yankees a much-needed boost.
Judge is not fully recovered from his injury, but he said that he is feeling good and that he is ready to help the Yankees win.
“I’m not 100%, but I’m good enough to play,” Judge said. “I’m just going to go out there and do my best and help the team win.”
The Yankees will need Judge to be at his best if they want to make a run at the playoffs. He is a potential MVP candidate, and his return could be the spark that the Yankees need to get back on track.