New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge finally discusses his oblique injury and talks about a possible timetable for a return to action.
Among the topics discussed was the possible timetable of return to action. Well, more specifically, Judge mentioned a timeframe yet clearly didn’t want to go down that path, via Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.
“There’s no need to put a clock on it because of what happened with the wrist last year,” Judge said following his team’s 7-6 extra-inning win over the Kansas City Royals in the Bronx on Easter Sunday. “So, no need to go down that road again.”
Judge, 26, of course suited up for just 112 games a season ago thanks to a bum wrist. This time around, he hits the shelf with a strained oblique, suffered after taking a mighty swing in Saturday’s game, the very same injury that prematurely ended his rookie campaign in 2019.
Clearly, the All-Star slugger is frustrated.
“There’s no timeframe for anything right now,” he said. “There’s no need for one. Just kind of going based on how I feel and I’ll just progress from there.”
“It’s tough,” Judge said. “That was one of my goals. I didn’t want to get back on the DL or anything, especially tough times like this when guys are beat up, I wanted to be out there in the trenches with the guys every single day, fighting through some tough times. But it happens and it’s a tough spot.”
Having missed a good portion of 2016 and then again in 2018, the 2017 season serves as Judge’s only “full big-league campaign.” The newest health concern is tagging the kid with the dreaded “injury-prone” label.
Judge is officially on the 10-day IL with a “significant” oblique strain, in the worlds of manager Aaron Boone. The positive has to remain that the 60-day IL wasn’t used. Still, expect No. 99 to miss at least a month of action.
Through 20 games in 2019, Aaron Judge has five home runs and 11 runs batted in to go along with a .288 batting average.