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Aaron Judge to be activated from IL on Friday

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge will be activated from the injured list on Friday, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Judge has been out since April 21 due to a strained left oblique.

Despite Judge’s absence, the Yankees have thrived, going 36-17 while he was on the IL. Prior to the injury, Judge was batting .288/.404/.521 with five home runs and 11 RBI in 89 plate appearances.

Clint Frazier, Cameron Maybin, and Mike Tauchman have handled right field over the last two months. With Frazier and Tauchman back at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Judge will have no problem sliding back to his regular spot, and Maybin will return to the bench.

Tigers sign Austin Romine to one-year, $4.1 million deal

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The Tigers and free agent catcher Austin Romine have agreed to a one-year contract, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti specifies that the deal is for $4.1 million.

Romine, 31, has been in the league for eight seasons, all with the Yankees. Across 1,116 trips to the plate, he has hit .239/.281/.366. However, Romine is well-regarded for his defense and game-calling abilities.

Romine will slot in as the full-time catcher for the rebuilding Tigers. They’ll have Jake Rogers and Grayson Greiner behind him.