The first inning of the Yankees’ Subway Series finale seemed to be going well, as they immediately put a rally together off Mets starter Carlos Carrasco. DJ LeMahieu and Anthony Rizzo led the game off with back-to-back walks, bringing up Aaron Judge to bat, fresh off his multi-homer night during Saturday night’s win.
Something was amiss, though. During Judge’s at-bat, he had to step out of the batter’s box a few times, and eventually the team trainer and manager Aaron Boone both came out to check on him. Judge got some eye drops and finished the at-bat, but he struck out and never looked comfortable. His teammates were able to pick him up, as Giancarlo Stanton laced an RBI double and Joey Gallo brought a second run home with a sacrifice fly. (Clarke Schmidt did not take long to give the lead away, but that’s a story for the recap.)
Judge stayed in the game for a couple more innings, fanning in a second at-bat before being replaced on defense by Brett Gardner in the bottom of the third. The Yankees have not yet announced what happened to Judge beyond Boone telling the ESPN booth that he was dealing with dizziness and that he’s hopeful about him returning to the lineup tomorrow, but we’ll keep you posted with any further updates.
Aaron Boone says Aaron Judge felt a little dizziness in his first at-bat. "Hopefully, it's something that subsides here over the next little bit, and get him back in there tomorrow."— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) September 13, 2021
Obviously, if the team MVP has to miss any extended time with something anything remotely like Clint Frazier’s vision issues, then that is an absolute dagger to the Yankees’ Wild Card hopes. Everyone involved with the Yankees from fans to the front office has to be hoping that Judge is just dealing with something minor. We’ll see.