"It's a work in progress until Opening Day," Judge said.
The Yankees open the regular season atTorontoon March 29.
The Yankees announced in November that the procedure Judge had in Los Angeles involved a "loose-body removal and cartilage clean-up." They also anticipated Judge's recovery time would be complete in advance of the start of spring training.
Judge said when he reported for spring training earlier this month that he was still far from having a complete recovery from the arthroscopic procedure to his left shoulder in late November. As a result, he expected to be slowly brought into full action with the team. He knew before he arrived in Tampa that he'd likely miss five or six games.
His appearance Wednesday against theTigerswill coincide with New York's sixth game of the spring. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Judge will hit and play the field in that game.
"I got my timing down and the arm feels good, so I think Wednesday's the date and I'm looking forward to it," Judge told reporters Monday afternoon.
As for Judge's continued recovery, "it's just about trusting it and trusting how it feels, and making sure I continue to build up my strength," Judge told ESPN. "It's about making sure it's pain-free when I wake up each morning."
Even if Judge isn't currently pain-free, he hasn't appeared to show signs of discomfort during the batting practice sessions he has been part of this spring. On Monday alone, he hit a home run that cleared the batter's eye behind the center-field fence.
Unofficially, it was one of 10 home runs Judge had on the day.
Judge says he's a work in progress
Coley Harvey describes a conversation he had with Aaron Judge about recovering from shoulder surgery, saying it's all mental and wants to wake up pain free.
Wilson shows off the power with back-to-back HRs
Aaron Judge hits a home run to center, then Russell Wilson follows that up by going yard twice in batting practice.