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Aaron Judge is sidelined with a chip fracture of the right wrist. The New York Yankees’ outfielder will miss approximately three weeks.

Not what the New York Yankees want to hear. Aaron Judge will join Gary Sanchez on the DL after a hit-by-pitch in the first inning resulted in a chip fracture of the right wrist per the Yankees PR Department.

Fortunately, no surgery is needed. But regardless, this is a huge blow to the Yankee lineup. Judge has been a mainstay in the two-hole and it’s up to the rest of the Yankee bats to pick up the slack.

The hope is that Judge can return from this injury 100 percent. A lingering injury doesn’t bode well for the Yankees who are in the thick of a divisional race.

Giancarlo Stanton will play a lot more right field for the foreseeable future. Not only that, the Yankees will look to last year’s NL MVP to carry the load in Judge’s stead

Shane Robinson is the fifth outfielder on the active roster, but it’s safe to assume that Cashman is looking at other options right now. Tyler Austin and Tyler Wade are two possible options to fill in as a stop-gap until Clint Frazier is healthy enough to return.

Fortunately for the Yankees, Stanton, Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks are all capable outfielders that can play every day. Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman can use the DH to plug different guys into the lineup until Judge is healthy again.

Aaron Judge is the last guy anyone in the Bronx wanted to see go down. But injuries happen to every team. The Yankees are lucky even to have the depth to withstand their fair share of injuries. Next man up. Whoever that may be.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.