New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is swinging a bat again.According to Coley Harvey of ESPN.com http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/alex-smith-jersey , the slugger took 50 swings鈥?5 of which were to hit the ball off the tee鈥攑rior to New York's Monday game against the Oakland Athletics. It was the first time Judge has swung since he suffered a chip fracture of his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch on July 26."It's moving in the right direction. It's definitely a big step," Judge said. "We're just excited and kind of on track with what we're going to one day accomplish. So I'm excited for the progress we're making so far."Judge said he didn't feel pain while swinging, and manager Aaron Boone suggested he could be accelerating toward a return to the field with this progress."Once we get through this weekend, and if he continues to graduate, then you start really thinking about a possible timeline about maybe getting back," Boone said.Harvey noted there is no official timetable since the original plan was for him to return in three weeks after the injury. It has been more than five weeks, and Judge won't have the option of minor league rehab games with the minor league regular season over.This progress comes at a time when the Bronx Bombers are 7.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East and running out of realistic time to make a charge. However Authentic Matt Ioannidis Jersey , they are still comfortably in the playoff picture at 4.5 games ahead of the Athletics for the top wild-card spot and 10 games ahead of the Seattle Mariners should Oakland make a charge.New York has weathered Judge's setback with Giancarlo Stanton at designated hitter, and the trade acquisition of Andrew McCutchen provides important depth in right field.Still, Judge's return to the lineup will make New York all the more dangerous in the postseason. The reigning American League Rookie of the Year and Silver Slugger winner has appeared in 99 games this season and is slashing .285/.398/.548 with 26 homers and 61 RBI. Sean M. Haffey/Getty ImagesLos Angeles Angelspitcher and designated hitterShohei Ohtani underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Monday.General manager Billy Eppler revealed as much, perJeff Fletcher of theLos Angeles Daily News, and noted Ohtani will not pitch in 2019. Instead, he will only serve as a designated hitter, although it is not yet known when he will be available.The 24-year-old was initially put on the disabled list on June 8 and diagnosed with aGrade 2 sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. He underwent "platelet-rich plasma and stem cell therapy Matt Ioannidis Jersey Elite ," according to Yahoo Sports.But Ohtani ultimately opted to have surgery after newdamage to his ulnar collateral ligament was discovered."I think it was the proper decision Shohei made to have surgery, and the sooner the better," then-Angels manager Mike Scioscia said in late September, per ESPN.com."It obviously puts him out of pitching in 2019, but he'll be able to hit, and I think he's at peace with that," Scioscia added. "He wants to excel at both phases of the game. The fact he can't pitch (next season) http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/matthew-ioannidis-jersey , there is a little bit of a void. But he'll be able to hit and focus on that."Ohtaniwas arguably the team's best player outside of superstar Mike Trout in 2018. On the mound, he went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 63 strikeouts in 10 starts and 51.2 innings. At the plate, he hit .285 with 22 homers, 61 RBI and 59 runs in 326 at-bats.The injury didn't appear to negatively affectOhtani's impact at the plate, and his numbers there alone may be enough to earn himthe American League Rookie of the Year award. But it was his ability to make a major impact as both a starting pitcher and hitter that made him one of the most unique talents in baseball.Now, though Authentic Adrian Peterson Jersey , the pitching side of his overall game will be shelved for at least the 2019 season, a disappointment for both the Angels and MLB fans in general.