Yankees fans in disarray as Aaron Judge’s injury sparks fury, disbelief

Aaron Judge is against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 3, 2023. He was injured while trying to make an insane catch.
Matthew Maybloom
Wednesday June 7, 2023

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Tuesday proved to be a challenging day for devoted supporters of the New York Yankees, as adversity struck from multiple angles. Firstly, the team suffered a defeat at the hands of the formidable Chicago White Sox during the opening game of the series. Adding to their woes, the Yankees’ star player, Aaron Judge, found himself sidelined due to an unfortunate injury.

Following Tuesday’s game, Yankees manager Aaron Boone addressed the media, revealing that the slugger would be placed on the 10-day injured list. This decision was made due to a bruise and sprain in a ligament of Aaron Judge’s prominent right toe. Reports indicate that Aaron Judge underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection to aid his recovery, fortunately avoiding a fracture.

This marks Judge’s second stint on the injured list this season, having missed ten games in late April and early May due to a hip injury. Regrettably, during that period, the Yankees suffered six losses out of ten games.

Manager Aaron Boone clarified that no fracture was found, but Judge’s diagnosis included a contusion and a sprained ligament, without a specified timeline for his return to the team’s lineup.

The toe injury occurred on Saturday when Judge executed a spectacular catch against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his efforts to prevent J.D. Martinez from gaining extra bases in a 6-3 victory, Judge collided with the Dodger Stadium bullpen gate, propelled by the sheer force of his 282-pound frame.

Concerns surrounding Judge’s health persisted since that incident, with Boone informing reporters earlier on Tuesday that the player would be examined by a team doctor. Boone expressed optimism that Judge’s time on the injured list would be brief, as the primary issue at present is the swelling in his toe.

This unfortunate setback interrupts what has been yet another remarkable season for Judge. Leading Major League Baseball in home runs with 19, he currently maintains a batting average of .291/.404/.674, boasting a league-leading 1.078 OPS. These statistics closely rival his exceptional performance in 2022, which garnered him the AL MVP award and the American League home run record.

Judge underwent platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections as part of his treatment for the injuries.

“Can’t replace that guy, from a leadership standpoint, from a playing standpoint,” Josh Donaldson told about Aaron Judge. “We’re just going to really have to come together as a team. Play good defense, pitch, throw the ball well, and hopefully keep winning games until he gets back.”

The Yankees were already grappling with injuries to other outfielders, with Harrison Bader sidelined due to a hamstring strain. Giancarlo Stanton, who recently returned from a hamstring strain of his own, is currently limited to the designated hitter role to avoid further setbacks. The team exercises caution in rushing Stanton back to the outfield to prevent additional injuries.

At present, no definite timeline exists for Judge’s return, leaving the Yankees anxiously awaiting further evaluation results. The team must adapt their lineup and hope that other players can step up to fill the void created by Judge’s absence.

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