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.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.