Another Aaron Judge injury update surfaced on Tuesday afternoon, and it’s bad news. According to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic, the Yankees right fielder still isn’t swinging a bat following a chip fracture to his right wrist.
Judge addressed the media and provided more insight to his current status. The 26-year-old described how the pain intensity dropped from a level five to a four, so some progress has been made on that front. He reportedly can brush his teeth pain-free now. At least his dentist can breathe a sigh of relief, even if Yankees fans can’t.
One quote stood out in particular:
Judge: “I’ll wake up one of these days and feel good. Just waiting for that day.” Said pain level has gotten better and feels like there’s been progress— Erik Boland (@eboland11) August 28, 2018
It’s been a month since Judge suffered the injury. He still can’t shake the pain, and appears to be hoping for an overnight recovery. Maybe he will wake up tomorrow and feel good as new, but the road to get to this point has been long and daunting. That doesn’t bode well for a speedy recover from here on out.
With each passing update, it becomes increasingly more likely the Yankees won’t have their best player for the bulk of the stretch run. This injury will heal, but on its own time. The front office waited to weather the storm thinking he would come back soon, and that just doesn’t seem to be in the cards. Go get an outfielder before its too late.