The New York Yankees will be without slugger, Aaron Judge for a few weeks, but the right fielder is keeping a positive attitude.
This past Thursday, Kansas City pitcher Jakob Junis struck Judge with a 93 mph fastball in the right wrist. Judge shrugged off the pain like every other major league baseball player would do, continued playing for a few more innings until, rightly so, he was pulled from the game.
Even though Judge played through the injury, he knew something wasn’t right.
“Yeah, I had a bad feeling right away,” Judge told Lou DiPietro of Yes Network. “I’ve gotten hit in the forearm or up in that area before, but this one, I knew right away when it got that spot it was a little different.”
Judge will be sidelined for three weeks with a chip fracture in his right wrist. No ballplayer, or athlete in general, is ever happy getting injured. It’s just a part of the game. However, Judge’s mindset couldn’t be better as he strives to get back on the diamond as soon as possible.
“It’s tough, but stuff like this happens, and there’s nothing I can do about it now,” Judge told DiPietro. “I just have to move on, get healthy, and get ready for that run.”
Replacing the reigning AL Rookie of the Year is never an easy task, however, skipper Aaron Boone believes the Yankees are capable of getting things done in his absence.
Boone told Coley Harvey of ESPN,”We can absolutely go out there and take care of business while he’s down, and hopefully when he comes back it’ll just be an added bonus.”
In Judge’s absence, skipper Aaron Boone looks to replace the All-Star right fielder with 23-year-old Tyler Wade for the time being. Although Wade is primarily an infielder, Wade has spent some time roaming the outfield in the minor leagues and looks to contribute as much as he can until Judge is back in the lineup. He will have to piece things together at times, but he’s planning on making it work.