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Yankees Activate All-Star Outfielder Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge hits a ball for the Yankees.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 26: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees heads to the dugout after he scored in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium on July 26, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

From the moment Aaron Judge hit the DL, the New York Yankees haven't been consistent. However, that is all about to change very soon.

The All-Star outfielder suffered a fractured wrist back in July, but the club originally thought his recovery would take three weeks. Instead, the Bronx Bombers have been scratching and clawing just to maintain home-field advantage in the AL Wild Card Game.

Well, the Yankees took their first step to rediscovering their juggernaut form. Manager Aaron Boone announced today they'll activate Judge for tonight's game.

While this is certainly encouraging news for the 27-time champions, Judge is not yet cleared to hit in game action. Before spending time on the DL, he had a .285 batting average with 26 homers. Even though he won't be in the lineup, Judge can help in the field and also run the bases if necessary.

With the MLB postseason almost here, the return of Judge will definitely change the culture in the clubhouse. And if he can prove he's still dominant at the plate, then it might be time to consider the Yankees as the favorites in the American League.