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Yankees’ Judge will get more at-bats with demotion

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge walks to

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge walks to the batting cage during a spring training baseball workout Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. Credit: AP / Chris O’Meara

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Aaron Judge showed the Yankees flashes of his prodigious power during spring training with impressive batting practice displays.

The 23-year-old rightfielder struggled during the games, however, going 1-for-14 with seven strikeouts. The one hit was a home run.

Judge was sent down to minor-league camp on Sunday. Manager Joe Girardi conceded Judge may have stayed longer if he had performed better, but also said the main motivation was to get the 6-7, 275-pound slugger more at-bats to get ready for the Triple-A season.

“We might have left him here longer, but probably not much,” Girardi said Tuesday. “Yeah, he didn’t have a lot of hits. I think he had long at-bats. I didn’t think he was overmatched . . . I don’t think he really lacks confidence, but I think sometimes it’s easier to get things going when you’re not in this surrounding.”

Lefthanded reliever Jacob Lindgren, who had a 15.43 ERA in three appearances, was also sent to the minor-league camp.

“We thought that maybe he was pressing a little bit,” Girardi said. “We saw him struggling a little bit, so we thought we’d give him a chance to take a breath and go get ready.”

Gardner a go

Brett Gardner, who has been slowed by a left wrist injury, will make his spring training debut on Wednesday night.

Gardner, who suffered a bone bruise in the Yankees’ wild-card playoff loss to the Astros last October, got nine at-bats in a simulated game on Sunday.

“Ready to get some live Abs,” Gardner said. “Excited to get out there in a real game. It’s a lot more fun hitting when there’s no defenders, but . . . “

Gardner was asked how many at-bats he thinks he needs to be ready for the April 4 season opener.

“Three,” he said.

Trainer’s room

Brian McCann, who departed Sunday’s game after two innings after getting hit on the knee by a ricocheted pitch, was scratched for Tuesday night’s game against the Red Sox at JetBlue Park.

Girardi said McCann felt better, but would probably get another day off on Wednesday.

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