Aaron Judge isn’t close to returning to the Yankees

Aaron Judge said before the Yankees’ 3-1 win over the Mariners on Thursday night at the Stadium that he’s still experiencing discomfort from his strained left oblique, so he hasn’t begun baseball activities.

As for Giancarlo Stanton, he hit off the machine, which Aaron Boone called a “positive step for him.”

The manager added, though, the Yankees haven’t begun discussing when Stanton might start a rehab assignment. That could happen soon if he doesn’t suffer any setbacks.

After Mariners left-hander Yusei Kikuchi was seen with a substance under the bill of his hat during his dominant performance against the Yankees on Wednesday, Boone said, “we looked at it and had some thoughts, but nothing public. We’ll handle it behind the scenes.”

The Yankees are not expected to take any action with MLB, since most pitchers use a similar substance on cool nights to improve their command.

Right-hander Danny Farquhar is scheduled to pitch for the first time in extended spring training in Tampa on Friday.

Farquhar, who is coming back from a brain hemorrhage suffered during a game on April 20, 2018 while he was with the White Sox, has been working on building shoulder strength for the past month. The Yankees signed him to a minor league contract in the offseason.

DJ LeMahieu extended his hitting streak to 11 games and is 20-for-41 with eight multi-hit games during that stretch. With Luke Voit given the day off, LeMahieu also made his first start of the season at first base and had no issues.

Gary Sanchez snapped an 0-for-13 slide with an eighth-inning single.

The Yankees added lefty Nestor Cortes Jr. to their roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after sending Jake Barrett down Wednesday.

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