NEW YORK — Aaron Judge is back. The reigning American League Most Valuable Player, who hasn’t played since tearing a ligament in his right big toe while crashing into the fence at Dodger Stadium on June 3, was activated before Friday night’s game against the Orioles.
In a corresponding move, New York optioned infielder Oswald Peraza to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Peraza has hit .173 with six RBIs in 19 games with the Yankees this season; he has slashed .261/.352/.495 with 12 homers and 11 steals in 45 games in Triple-A.
The Yankees have struggled mightily without Judge, who was batting .291/.404/.674 with 19 home runs and 40 RBIs through 49 games at the time of his injury.