New York Yankees top outfield prospect Aaron Judge will miss 3-4 weeks due to a PCL sprain and bone bruise in the left knee.
According to Chad Jennings Lohud Yankees Blog, the 24-year-old slugger was placed on the 7-day minor league disabled list and will not play in the Triple-A All-Star Game festivities next week.
Judge sustained the injury Friday night after diving for a ball in right field and then did more damage after running to first base on a ground out.
So instead of participating in the home run derby, Judge will be sidelined from baseball activities for an undetermined amount of time. Triple-A manager Al Pedrique announced that he expects the 6’7″ mammoth back on the field soon, however.
“The MRI came back negative, so no damage, so that’s a good thing,” Pedrique told Shane Hennigan of the Scranton Times-Tribune. “So we feel like with days off, the rest that he’s going to get, he should be ready to go hopefully by the time we get to Charlotte (on July 18). The plan for him is to stay with us.”
Judge, who Baseball America ranks as the 42nd best prospect in all of baseball, entered Saturday with a team-leading 16 home runs and a league-leading 54 RBIs.
Overall, he owns a .261/.357/.469 slash line with a .825 on-base plus slugging percentage en route to earning an International League All-Star selection.