Yankees vague on nature of Aaron Judge’s latest injury setback
New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has been bitten by the early-season injury bug again in 2021, and the team is being stubbornly vague regarding the nature of the star’s latest setback.
Judge was pulled from Tuesday’s 5-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth inning with what Yankees manager Aaron Boone characterized as “lower body stuff.” However, the skipper insisted he wasn’t “overly concerned” about it.
Boone indicated heading into Wednesday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles that the plan was for Judge to sit out Wednesday or Thursday to rest and recover. That indeed was the case, as Judge was held out of Wednesday’s 7-0 win.
The Yankees expect Judge to return to the lineup in Thursday’s series finale against the O’s, per Boone, and it remains to be seen whether that indeed comes to fruition. That’s about as far as the Yankees were willing to go when detailing Judge’s status, however.
Boone appeared deliberately evasive when pressed on what is presently ailing Judge, stating “multiple minor things that pop up” before Wednesday’s game.
“He’s a little banged up on the trip,’’ Boone said, per the New York Post. “I would say a number parts of the lower body [are sore].”
Judge, batting .263 with five homers and 10 RBI in 75 at-bats this season, also sat out three games earlier this month with what Boone called “general soreness” at the time. This makes this latest situation all the more concerning.
The Yankees are currently in the midst of a run of 13 games without a day off. Boone appeared to imply that Judge sitting Wednesday was more of a scheduled off day amid the two-week grind as opposed to an injury issue.
“It’s more he’s been sore the last couple days and trying to be out in front of something, especially in this grueling stretch early in the season,” Boone said. “… My hope is he’s in there [Thursday].”
Injuries of course have been a troublesomely pervasive issue for Judge throughout his young career. The slugger made a concerted effort to switch up his offseason routine over the winter in the hopes it would put an end to his injury woes once and for all. So far this season, the adjustments clearly have not paid off.
However, how the Yankees are being so evasive about Judge’s latest injury setback is perhaps the most perplexing aspect of the uncertain situation.