New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has officially been placed on the 10-day IR with a “significant” oblique strain.
Saturday brought the fear. Sunday brings the official word.
Manager Aaron Boone labeled the injury as “pretty significant” prior to his team’s game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday afternoon. Judge left Saturday’s contest after showing major pain after a hefty cut at the plate.
Video of the Aaron Judge injury: pic.twitter.com/wczSfR9J9C
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Judge, 26, collected five home runs and 11 runs batted in while hitting .288 in 20 games prior to hitting the shelf. Interestingly, this is the same injury that ended his rookie campaign prematurely. Like Saturday, he injured that nagging oblique on a mighty swing three seasons ago.
The Bombers best player joins an actual team of injured Yankees.
- C: Gary Sanchez
- 1B: Greg Bird
- 2B: Troy Tulowitzki
- SS: Didi Gregorius
- 3B: Miguel Andujar
- RF: Aaron Judge
- CF: Aaron Hicks
- LF: Giancarlo Stanton
- SP: Luis Severino
- RP: Dellin Betances
Realistically, expect No. 99 to be shelved for at least a month. The time somewhere falls in between the 10 and 60-day IR levels. More importantly, however, a bigger conversation must suddenly commence.
Is Aaron Judge injury prone?
This marks the second time he’s injured his oblique on a swing. The 2016 season marked the rookie campaign that saw him called up during the summer. Judge finished with 95 games played prior to going down near the end.
In 2017, he put us massive numbers while playing 155 games, a full season. A year ago, of course, he played only 112 games via injury. Now, yet again, he’ll fail to play what’s considered a near full MLB season.
Fans are screaming “bad luck” as it relates to Yankee injuries yet most of these players have always showcased an injury-prone past. Giancarlo Stanton has always battled injuries. Aaron Hicks as well. Troy Tulowitzki, forget about it. Greg Bird may fall in his own special class. Gary Sanchez probably can’t be labeled injury prone but isn’t in the greatest shape.
The two kids who haven’t showcased an injury-prone history are Miguel Andujar and Luis Severino, but hey, the latter is a starting pitcher, the spot in sports that can never be trusted.
Whatever the reason—bad luck or baseball attributes—Aaron Judge has officially joined the New York Yankees star-studded injured baseball club.