New York Yankees Bomber Buzz 9/1/17: Fans Coming In Waves in 2017
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees looks on during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians in the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on August 30, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

As far back as August, Aaron Judge was experiencing shoulder problems. Today, the Yankees unexpectedly announced that Judge had surgery performed on Monday and is expected to be ready for Spring Training. Yankees fans can only hope it turns out that way.

The New York Yankees took to Twitter to announce that Aaron Judge was having arthroscopic surgery to repair a persistent problem with his left shoulder which arose during the second half of the season.

All Yankees fans are aware of the downward spiral experienced by Aaron Judge following the All-Star Game in Miami. His troubles lasted until September, when he caught a second wind and was a significant factor in propelling his team to within one game of the World Series.

Judge, being Judge, insisted on playing through the injury and Joe Girardi, to his credit, allowed him to, leaving him in the lineup day after day. All of this occurred despite a rising crescendo in the press and among fans to let him rest the shoulder, and more importantly, to take a breath of fresh air to “clear his mind.”

Mike Axisa, for instance, writing for CBS made a compelling argument that pointed to the shoulder injury as the direct reason for Aaron Judge’s two-month slide backward after a first half that boggled the mind.

Throughout it all, Judge showed his true colors by making it a point to not use the shoulder as a scapegoat.

But clearly, something was “off” with Aaron Judge in the second half, even with his otherworldly September stats.

Which is probably why the Yankees decided to move ahead with the surgery after the season. However, the team does leave itself open to criticism if there are any hiccups during the rehab process.

Why, for instance, if the Yankees knew surgery was on the horizon for Aaron Judge, was it not scheduled within a few days following season’s end, adding insurance time for a full recovery by Spring Training?

But to be fair, we’re dealing with Aaron Judge here as a player who can be trusted to do whatever it takes to keep in top shape and remain on the field, no matter what it requires. Give him six weeks, ten weeks, or no weeks, and he continues playing through it; it probably makes no difference.

All indications are the Yankees have themselves an exceptional talent and a person in Aaron Judge.

We’ll keep you up to date with how the rehab goes at Elite Sports NY, but all indications are that it’s all systems go, not only for Aaron Judge in the spring of 2018 but the entire Yankees team as well.

A fan of the Yankees for more than a half-century, the sport of baseball and writing about it is my passion. Formerly a staff writer for Empire Writes Back, Call To The Pen, and Yanks Go Yard, this opportunity with Elite Sports NY is what I have been looking for. I also have my own website titled Reflections On New York Baseball. My day job is teaching inmates at a New York State prison. Happily married with five grandchildren. Living in Catskill, New York.