(Update - 6:50 PM): Following Saturday afternoon’s game, Yankees manager Aaron Boone revealed that Aaron Judge would likely head to the injured list with an oblique injury. The team is currently awaiting the results of an MRI.
In the meantime, the Yankees expect Thairo Estrada to take Judge’s place on the roster. The 23-year-old infielder is hitting .273/.319/.455 with two home runs for the Triple-A RailRiders.
(Original Post): We all knew things were going just too well for the Yankees. After a win last night, the team was firmly in control of a 6-1 game against the Royals. Aaron Judge singled to put runners on the corners, and then was promptly taken out of the game.
The Yankees’ star was having himself a great game after a homer in the first. The single was his second time reaching on the day. He appeared to be in a great deal of discomfort on his swing and moved awful slowly down the line. As soon as the play was over, Steve Donahue came out to remove the right fielder from the game and insert Tyler Wade in his place.
Video of the Aaron Judge injury: pic.twitter.com/wczSfR9J9C— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) April 20, 2019
There’s a fair amount of speculation on the nature of the injury, and there are certainly particular injuries that correlate with swinging a baseball bat, but for now we don’t really have enough information to say what the trouble spot was for Judge. All we can do now is watch for any details the Yankees give, and we’ll update this story as we receive information.
In the meantime, this is yet another Yankee added to the unable-to-play list, and could be the biggest piece on that list this year. It’s not great, folks.
UPDATE: Yeah, it’s an oblique injury:
Aaron Judge left today’s game with a left oblique injury, Yankees say. He is going to a hospital for more tests and an MRI.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) April 20, 2019