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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.

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.