Hold your breath, Yankees fans. Aaron Judge departed from tonight’s game against the Royals with an apparent injury. The right fielder was struck on the wrist by a Jakob Junis fastball in the first inning.
Judge remained in the game, scoring on a Giancarlo Stanton sacrifice fly just a few batters later. He would get another plate appearance, singling off a Junis slider. Miguel Andujar pinch hit for Judge in the bottom of the fourth, however, which spelled that something was wrong.
According to Marc Carig, he’s off to receive a MRI.
Judge is on the way to the hospital to get an MRI.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) July 27, 2018
Listeners to the YES broadcast would hear Paul O’Neill trying to ease fans’ minds. He downplayed concern and provided a hopeful outlook. David Cone, however, did not share this optimism. He reminded listeners that the team has an x-ray machine at Yankee Stadium. A MRI suggested, to him, something of an unfortunate development.
Losing Judge for any length of time would obviously be a devastating blow to the Yankees’ lineup. There’s no way to realistically replace his production. So, cross your fingers and hope he’s okay.
UPDATE (11:15 PM): The Yankees announced that Judge suffered a chip fracture in his right wrist. He will miss at least three weeks.
Tonight OF Aaron Judge sustained a chip fracture of the right wrist (ulnar styloid bone). No surgery has been recommended. The Yankees approximate a 3-week time period before Judge can swing a bat in a game situation.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 27, 2018
The Yankees will probably place Judge on the disabled list at some point tomorrow. In the span of a week, the team lost two of its three biggest power threats. That’s pretty terrible when you consider they’re in the middle of a hotly contest division race. With five days to go until the trade deadline, you wonder if Brian Cashman is exploring adding a bat now.
Pinstripe Alley will have more on this shortly. Get well soon, Judge.