Aaron Judge #99 of the Yankees follows through on a first...

Aaron Judge #99 of the Yankees follows through on a first inning home run against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Aaron Judge and the Yankees are set to square off against each other Friday. It’s strictly business.

His arbitration hearing is scheduled to take place in order to determine his 2022 salary. The Yankees filed at $17 million. Judge filed at $21 million.

The 30-year-old outfielder is the major-league leader in homers with 27 and has 53 RBIs in 68 games. On the eve of the hearing, he delivered a walk-off single. He went 2-for-5 in Thursday night’s 7-6 comeback win over Houston at Yankee Stadium, leaving his average at .304.

None of that can be entered into evidence for him. This season’s results have nothing to do with the salary determination.

Judge is a free agent-to-be, having turned down a $230.5 million offer from the Yankees right before the season opener. That included a seven-year extension for $213.5 million, which was meant to be paired with the $17 million for 2022.

His numbers show that his contract situation sure hasn’t distracted him.

“On Opening Day, when there wasn’t an agreement reached on a long-term deal, [the question was], what was the effect [going to be],” manager Aaron Boone said. “My answer was, ‘I don’t think it will have an effect.’ Just because I know Aaron well. I know what he’s about. I know he’s about that team in there and desperately wants to win a championship, and that’s where his focus lies.

“I think he, maybe more than most, has the ability to separate the business and what we do in there each and every day.”

Abreu in, Schmidt out

The Yankees added Albert Abreu, who made 30 relief appearances over the previous two seasons for them, to the roster after claiming him off waivers from Kansas City Tuesday. The 26-year-old righthander tossed a scoreless eighth.

A reliever had to go to make room — Clarke Schmidt.

The 2017 first-round pick was the winner Wednesday when the Yankees edged Tampa Bay, 5-4.

That made Schmidt 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 14 games, including one start. But the 26-year-old righthander was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after that game.

“He’s shown he belongs on this roster and deserves to be here,” Boone said. “… I think there’s a lot of value in him going down and starting and getting a little bit build up.”

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