Aaron Judge opts against toe surgery, focuses on return to Yankees’ lineup

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge walks through the dugout during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers.

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Aaron Judge, the star outfielder for the New York Yankees, has revealed that he does not intend to undergo surgery on his troublesome right big toe during the 2023 season. Although he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a procedure after the season, Judge made it clear that surgery is not in the cards for him this year.

Since early June, the reigning AL MVP has been out of action due to a torn ligament in his toe, which he sustained while making a catch and colliding with the wall at Dodger Stadium. As of now, there is no definitive timeline for Aaron Judge’s return to the Yankees’ lineup. While he has begun incorporating light hitting into his rehabilitation routine, his primary focus is on being able to run without experiencing any pain.


According to Aaron Judge, his ability to run will determine his readiness to play. He expressed the importance of being able to run effectively, stating, “If I can run, then I can play. But me running at 10% ain’t going to help anyone,” as reported by Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record.

Since Aaron Judge’s injury on June 3, the Yankees have struggled, posting an 11-13 record. Currently, they are tied with the Houston Astros for the second wild-card spot in the American League, with a 47-38 record as they headed into Tuesday’s game.

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2 thoughts on “Aaron Judge opts against toe surgery, focuses on return to Yankees’ lineup

  1. This is exactly why I have always been against inter-league play….Yankees have lost players and careers have been shortened…I understand it’s a bussisness first and nothing I say matters….How about instead of changing the rules the players just work harder to be better instead of waiting for rule changes to break records…You guys are taking a game that I would watch any team play when the Yanks were over or not playing it and made it into a circus… If you really want to fix the game bring back the Real Strike zone It will force hitters to make contact and actually hit for average again…. Like rod Carew Tony Gwen Wade Boggs and there will b more 300 hitters again

  2. Unfortunately, Judge is a Griffey Jr type player. He goes all out defensively, injuries be damned. He should opt for the surgery now, come back stronger and hopefully wiser next year. No knock on Griffey. He’s one of greats.

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