Yankees’ Aaron Judge misses game vs. Orioles tonight due to hand injury

Yankees have confirmed that Aaron Judge will remain out of the lineup on June 19, 2024
Amanda Paula
Wednesday June 19, 2024

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Aaron Judge was absent from the New York Yankees’ lineup on Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles, following a hit on the left hand by a pitch the previous night.

What happened?

June 18, 2024. New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge grimacing as he's attended by the team trainer due to a hand injury at Yankee StadiumAaron Judge gets looked at by Yankees trainer after getting hit in the hand.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone mentioned that Aaron Judge’s condition had improved, noting that he had taken some swings in the indoor batting cage. “I think it’s day to day,” Boone stated. “It was probably close today.”

In Aaron Judge’s place, Trent Grisham was slated to play center field and bat ninth. Additionally, Yankees ace Gerrit Cole was set to make his season debut after recovering from a right elbow injury.

The incident occurred during New York’s 4-2 win over Baltimore on Tuesday night when Judge was struck by a 94.1 mph fastball from Orioles starter Albert Suarez. Aaron Judge exited the game an inning later, but fortunately, X-rays and a CT scan showed no serious damage.

“Feeling better after I got some good news,” Aaron Judge said upon returning to Yankee Stadium from New York–Presbyterian Hospital. “A big relief. Just being hit there before a couple of years ago and breaking the wrist, you never know what’s going to happen. So finding out that it’s not fractured, not broken, is definitely a sigh of relief.”

Aaron Judge has experienced a similar injury before; he missed 45 games with a broken right wrist after being hit by a 93.4 mph pitch from Kansas City’s Jakob Junis on July 26, 2018.

Currently, Aaron Judge is hitting .302 and leads the major leagues with 26 home runs and 64 RBIs. The 32-year-old outfielder is a five-time All-Star and was the 2022 AL MVP, achieving a historic 62 home runs to surpass Roger Maris’ AL record of 61 set in 1961.

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