Earlier today, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman stated he is not expecting the rookie right fielder to return this season; regular season that is.
“These things usually take a while, so we’ll get a better feel for it. But regular season, I don’t see how that’s possible,” he said.
A stint on the 15-day DL basically hits the end of the season with the Yankees‘ final game coming on October 2 against the Baltimore Orioles. If New York reaches the postseason it will be interesting to see if Judge returns or the team shuts him down until next season.
Aaron Judge left tonight’s game in the fifth inning after suffering a right oblique strain as reported by the YES Network’s clubhouse reporter Meredith Marakovits.
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Judge winced during a fourth inning at-bat where he swung at a pitch and fouled it off. Judge was visited at the plate by a Yankees team trainer, but would finish the at-bat, drawing a walk. He was forced out at second base to end the inning. The 24-year-old slugged his fourth major league home-run on Monday night and was 0-for-1 with the walk on Tuesday.
Judge would not return to the game. He was replaced in the fifth inning by Rob Refsnyder, who moved from left to right field. Brett Gardner moved to left from center field, and Jacoby Ellsbury came in to play center field.
It has been reported he will undergo an MRI tomorrow to determine the severity of the injury.