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Yankees promote Mason Williams following Judge injury

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is unlikely to return this season from an oblique injury suffered in last night’s game against the Dodgers, as reported by Sweeny Murti of WFAN who also indicated the club is promoting outfielder Mason Williams to replace Judge in New York.

Judge made his highly-anticipated major league debut on August 20 with the Yankees after posting a .270/.366/.489 line with 19 home-runs and 65 RBI with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Since joining the major league club, Judge has struggled, hitting just .179/.263/.345 with four home-runs and 10 RBI, striking out 42 times in 84 at-bats.  His early struggles aren’t much of a concern as you come to expect a adaptation period for the player.  He has also handled it like a veteran, remaining upbeat and poised.  It’s just unfortunate he cannot cash in on additional plate appearances this year.

This will be Williams’s second shot in the majors.  Last season he appeared in eight games, played pretty well, and hit .286 with one home-run, three RBI and three doubles.

This season, he has spent time with the Gulf Coast League Yankees East team, the Tampa Yankees, and most recently in Triple-A with a 31-game stint with the RailRiders where he hit .296/.313/.376 with eight doubles, a triple, and 23 RBI.

The team officially announced the move this afternoon.