By: Billy Lewis
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge had yet to see the field in Spring Training. He was battling a nagging injury that neither he nor the Yankees were able to pinpoint. Friday afternoon Judge, Yankees, and Yankee fans finally got an answer.
It turns out Judge has a stress fracture in his right rib. The good news is that after weeks of not knowing what was happening, the Bombers finally have an answer as to what is wrong. It’s thought that Judge sustained the injury making a diving catch back in September.
One thing for certain is that Judge will miss Opening Day. The Yankees will shut him down for two weeks and reevaluate. Another worrisome component of this injury is that surgery is still a possibility. If his rib is healing at the two-week check-in, he should be able to avoid surgery.
Injury Woes Continue
Judge becomes the fourth high profile Yankee to get injured during Spring Training. He joins the ranks of Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, and James Paxton. After 2019’s injury-riddled campaign, the hope was that 2020 would be a much healthier season.
What makes these injuries truly frustrating is that Judge, Severino, and Paxton’s injuries all date back to last season. Judge understandably wanted to play in the playoffs and was able to deal with the pain in October. Unfortunately, he didn’t mention the pain earlier to try to get answers back in November.
Opening Day is just under three weeks away. Though 2020 has gotten off to a frustrating start, the Yankees will still put on a show every night. They’ve lost a lot of firepower in the outfield but that will allow Clint Frazier, Mike Tauchman, and even Miguel Andujar to continue to showcase what they can do.