The right fielder is headed to New York to join the Yankees after a successful five-game rehab assignment, Scranton / Wilkes-Barre manager Jay Bell said after the RailRiders' 7- 6 win over the Norfolk Tides in 10 innings on Wednesday at PNC Field.
Judge went 0-for-2 with a walk in the game, playing seven innings. Bell said he removed him from the game early after a rain shower created slick conditions in the field. Judge therefore three fly balls in right and almost threw out a tagging runner at third base.
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The recently-demoted New York Yankees outfielder spoke after his arrival at Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre.  Judge did not make himself available to reporters after the game. Bell said he was not sure when the Yankees plan to activate Judge, who had missed the last 53 games with a left oblique strain.
The Bombers started a four-game series against the Astros on Thursday at Yankee Stadium, but manager Aaron Boone said earlier on the week that the organization was targeting Friday as a return date for Judge. It's likely Judge will have a day off Thursday and then step into the lineup on Friday. Now it's just a question of when the Yankees activate him from the injured list, and who leaves to make room for him.
Veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin would like to be a strong candidate to be designated for assignment, but it 's possible his recent hot streak will save him. The Yankees could always move out of their bullpen arms for Judge.
Judge batted .125 (2-for-16) with a home run, two RBI, two runs, three walks, seven strikeouts and no errors over five games with the Triple-A RailRiders and Single-A Tampa Tarpons. 19659002] James Kratch may be reached at email@example.com . Follow him on Twitter @JamesKratch . Find NJ.com Rutgers Football on Facebook .