On Tuesday, the New York Yankees announced that slugger Aaron Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder.
The procedure was conducted by Dr. Neil ElAttrache, and involved a loose-body removal and cartilage clean-up. Judge is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.
Update on OF Aaron Judge: pic.twitter.com/Sr0ockH1Pg
Judge is coming off a historic rookie season. In 155 games, the 25-year-old hit 52 home runs, a new Major League rookie record for a single season. He made his first All Star team and earned the American League Rookie of the Year and Silver Slugger awards.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Judge had surgery on his left shoulder. During the season, there was reason to believe that it was bothering him.
Not only did he struggle offensively, but there were numerous occasions where the shoulder was seen heavily wrapped. The following video from Didi’s Instagram is after the team’s game on August 23, the wrap clearly visible.
That shoulder wrap.
August 23rd post on Didi's IG. pic.twitter.com/ny4SkEdtVB
The shoulder injury could have played a part in Judge’s struggles during the second half of the season. After winning the Home Run Derby and competing in the All Star Game, he wasn’t the same player for the following two-plus months.
In 84 games before the break, Judge posted a slash line of .329/.448/.691. Over the final 71 games of the season, his line fell to .228/.391/.548.
The good news for the Yankees is that their slugger is expected to be ready for the start of the season. Now that the surgery is complete, he will have plenty of time to recover before the team reports to Spring Training in February.
The Bronx Pinstripes team will continue to provide updates as more information comes along in regards to the health of Aaron Judge.