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New York Yankees star right fielder Aaron Judge is dealing with “lower body tightness” and is out of the lineup for tonight’s game.

Josh Benjamin

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said star outfielder Aaron Judge is dealing with “lower body tightness” and will not play in Wednesday’s night tilt against the Atlanta Braves. Boone gave the update during his pregame media session, which included Lindsey Adler of The Athletic.

When asked if Judge would play Friday against the Boston Red Sox, Boone simply replied “I hope so” and added that Friday is “a long way away.”

Aaron Judge was pulled from Tuesday night’s game after hitting his MLB-leading ninth home run of the season. He was seen wincing as he rounded second base, but remained in the dugout with teammates after Mike Tauchman replaced him in right field. Judge is also batting .290 to go with 20 RBIs.

The recently recalled Clint Frazier is starting in right field and batting eighth for the Yankees. First baseman Luke Voit will bat in Judge’s signature No. 2 spot behind leadoff man DJ LeMahieu.

What This Means For The Yankees

Another MLB season, another Aaron Judge injury.

Or is it? Should we be concerned that Aaron Judge is out of the lineup so soon after Giancarlo Stanton’s hamstring put him on the injured list? Especially given this update:

But let’s put this in context. Yesterday, Boone said he pulled Judge simply to give him a few innings off. The Yankees had just played four games in three days against the Tampa Bay Rays on the notorious astroturf of Tropicana Field.

The key phrase here is “that day down,” as Judge has yet to have a full day off since the season began. This is someone who, despite his MVP potential, has had a problem staying off the trainer’s table in the last few years. Remember, Judge had a stress fracture in his ribs that kept him out of game action all of spring training in March. Were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic postponing the start of the season, he would have began 2020 on the IL.

But now, the Yankees are in a situation where they can afford to give Aaron Judge a day off. They have an interleague matchup and just called up Frazier to take Stanton’s spot on the roster. Frazier the type of player who needs at-bats to be at his best.

Thus, given that and Thursday’s off day, it’s better for Judge to get two days off for the price of one. More importantly, he was ready to play Wednesday, so he’s obviously not hurting too badly.

Regardless, Aaron Judge’s history means ESNY will update this story as necessary, so stay tuned!

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