Aaron Judge hoping ‘good offseason’ leads to staying healthy in 2021
Aaron Judge has battled injuries over the past few seasons, but the New York Yankees slugger is hoping a productive offseason will lead to him remaining healthy in 2021 and beyond.
Judge conducted a chat session on Fanatics.com Thursday night, and the session was peppered with questions about his health. The Yankees star is hopeful his chronic injury woes are behind him.
“I’ll have a good offseason, stay healthy and play a full year not only next year but for many years to come,” Judge responded to a fan inquiry, per NJ.com. “I’m looking forward to that.”
Following a 2017 campaign in which he burst upon the MLB scene by leading the American League in home runs, winning the AL Rookie of the Year award and coming in second in AL MVP voting, Judge’s ensuing two seasons were compromised by an inability to stay on the field.
Injuries led to Judge playing in 112 games in 2018 and only 102 in 2019. In 2020, a cracked rib and a punctured lung short-circuited his spring training, and Judge ended up playing in only 32 regular-season games in MLB’s truncated 60-game schedule due to a Grade 1 right calf strain.
Now in the early stages of the offseason, Judge is striking an optimistic tone.
“I’m feeling great,” Judge said. “Finally going to have a good offseason. No injuries (at the) end of the year. That’s one thing that always makes it tough. When playoffs come around, if you’ve got injuries, you put those to the side and just play through it. So, this year, kind of having nothing going into the end of the year has been great.”
Judge undoubtedly is among the best players and most dangerous hitters in the league when he’s in the lineup. While it remains to be seen whether Judge will figure out away to avoid getting bit by the injury bug in 2021, perhaps changing up things in in his offseason regimen will provide a much-needed solution.