Yankees need spark from Aaron Judge and others on their way back

TAMPA — If the Yankees are going to salvage something out of this season, they’ll need to move quickly.

Aaron Judge, Luke Voit and Kyle Higashioka were at Steinbrenner Field Monday, as Judge and Higashioka prepare to return from the COVID-19 IL and Voit works his way back from left knee inflammation that’s also landed him on the IL.

Judge took batting practice and did defensive drills Monday after he and Higashioka traveled to Boston from New York to rejoin the team on Sunday before Monday’s off day.

They each had to go through cardio exams before being cleared to play and on Sunday, Aaron Boone said it was uncertain when Judge would be ready to be in the lineup.

Higashioka figures to be ready Tuesday, since the Yankees returned Rob Brantly to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room on the 40-man roster for new reliever, Clay Holmes, acquired Monday from Pittsburgh.

Aaron Boone said Monday it was uncertain when Aaron Judge would be back in the Yankees lineup.Getty Images

But the Yankees are in desperate need of a spark, having just dropped three of four in Boston to the first-place Red Sox.

Two of those losses came in crushing fashion, with the one win a dramatic victory on Saturday that was immediately overshadowed by an even worse defeat the next day.

Remarkably, they’re 10-6 since Aroldis Chapman blew the game against the Mets in the first game of a July…

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