During Tuesday’s series opener against the Atlanta Braves, Aaron Judge was removed from the game in the sixth inning. The New York Yankees had a big lead at the time, but it was still a question as to why manager Aaron Boone elected to remove the 28-year-old from the game.
When asked after the game, Boone said that the Yankees were looking for ways to give Judge rest. It didn’t make much sense at the time, especially given that the Yankees had an off-day on Monday and have another day off scheduled for Thursday.
Now, the decision to remove Judge appears to make a little more sense.
Prior to Wednesday’s series finale against the Braves, Boone spoke to reporters about the status of his star player.
Aaron Boone said that Aaron Judge is getting treatment and is dealing with, “lower body tightness.” He wanted to play but Boone decided not to put him in the lineup.
Boone told reporters that Judge is currently dealing with “lower body tightness.” When asked to specify what was bothering the 28-year-old, Boone said that it’s a mix of “hips, hamstrings and calves.” Boone mentioned that Judge wanted to play on Wednesday, but the Yankees manager elected to keep him out of the lineup.
Asked to elaborate on “lower body tightness,” Boone mentioned hips, hamstrings and calves.
This is rather frustrating, especially given how well Judge has played so far this season. The right-fielder is definitely in the early season MVP race, as he’s posted a slash line of .290/.343/.758 over 17 games played. His nine home runs leads the big leagues, and his 20 runs batted in are tied for the league’s best.
The Bronx Bombers recently lost Giancarlo Stanton for an extended period of time due to injury, so it’s not a surprise to see them being extra cautious with Judge. Although it appears to be a minor setback for Judge, it is definitely worth keeping an eye on over the next few days.
To replace Judge in the lineup on Wednesday, Clint Frazier will get his first start of the season for the Bronx Bombers.
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