Aaron Judge ‘frustrated’ by perplexing nature of injury
Aaron Judge has been left baffled by the nature of a mysterious injury causing soreness in the pectoral area near his right shoulder, and with tests still ongoing, the New York Yankees slugger’s potential availability on Opening Day remains uncertain.
Judge opened up about the situation while speaking to reporters on Thursday. The Yankees outfielder admitted he’s “frustrated” amid the ongoing confusion over what is causing the upper-body issue.
“I still got nothing,” Judge said Thursday morning as he stood by his locker at Steinbrenner Field, per Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. “You guys have been seeing me run around to different appointments, different doctors, so I still got nothing for you.
“There are a couple of more tests, a couple more talks with doctors, we’ll try to figure out what is going on because quite a few of the tests are coming back clean.”
Judge cited his “chest and shoulder” area as where he’s feeling the most discomfort, yet the Yankees’ medical staff so far has been unable to isolate or pinpoint what’s causing the soreness.
“That’s what’s making it tough. I’m trying to describe what I’m feeling, but I haven’t got a definite answer what’s going on. It’s a combination,” Judge said. “One day I wake up and the chest is feeling good and next day the shoulder is feeling bad and the next day I wake up and the shoulder is feeling good. It’s kind of back and forth right now.”
While Judge stressed that his goal is “always to be ready for Opening Day,” at this point it seems unlikely that it will play out in such a favorable manner. The same can be said for fellow outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who is another member of the Yankees’ walking wounded after injuries devastated the team for a majority of last season.
“We just have to get answers first,” Judge said of his particular perplexing injury situation. “That’s the biggest thing.”