Latest Yankees injury update: Aaron Judge’s turnaround, Calhoun’s IL, Hamilton’s rehab

Yankees captain Aaron Judge, who is on the injury list, watches the game against Red Sox at Fenway Park on June 19, 2023.
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Friday June 23, 2023

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On Thursday, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge expressed his intention to resume throwing and taking swings by Sunday. After the Yankees’ 10-2 loss to Seattle, Aaron Judge mentioned that he is optimistic about resuming some activities by the end of the homestand. The Yankees star added that the timeline is subject to change and would depend on how things progress.

“I’m hoping by the end of this homestand to be doing something,’’ the Yankees captain told.

Aaron Judge’s return to the field has been a gradual process due to a sprained big toe that occurred during a collision with the outfield fence while making a catch against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on June 3.

Yankees captain Aaron Judge busted the bullpen door at Dodger Stadium while making a spectacular catch on June 3, 2023.
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On Thursday afternoon, Yankees manager Aaron Boone noted that Judge had progressed significantly in his recovery. He mentioned that Judge had engaged in activities such as pool exercises, balancing, and strength training, which were previously challenging for him just a few days ago. Although the process is still cautious and gradual, Boone expressed optimism about the genuine progress the Yankees power hitter has made.

Judge stated that he hasn’t set a specific date for his potential comeback. When questioned about the possibility of participating in the All-Star Game or returning by that time, the Yankees outfielder, who currently leads in votes among American League outfielders, admitted that he hadn’t given it much consideration.4

Judge acknowledged that he still had a few more weeks until his anticipated return, emphasizing that he was making progress each day.

“It’s still a couple weeks away, so I’m not there yet,’’ he said. “Each day I keep improving.”

Since receiving a second PRP injection on the toe last week, the Yankees slugger had noticed a significant improvement in his condition. Judge expressed satisfaction, mentioning that the PRP injections were administered precisely to the affected area.

He explained that after conducting more advanced imaging, they were able to identify the specific tear and take appropriate action to address it. The Yankees captain stressed that he will only return to the field when he is fully healed and capable of performing at his best, without any concerns or limitations in his toe. Judge admitted that it is difficult to determine an exact timeline for his return as it depends on the healing process.

Prior to the game, the Yankees manager expressed his belief that Judge had made significant progress in his recovery from the injury and was heading in a positive direction.

Willie Calhoun moves to 10-day IL

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On Thursday, the Yankees made the decision to move Calhoun to the 10-day injured list due to a left quad strain.

Following his injury on Wednesday, Willie Calhoun has been placed on the injured list with a strained quad. During his last at-bat in Wednesday’s game against the Mariners, Calhoun experienced a pull and a pop in his left leg while running out a grounder to the left side. The extent of his absence will be determined based on the results of his MRI, but Calhoun has already confirmed that he will undergo a PRP injection. Notably, Calhoun previously dealt with a similar quad strain in the 2019 season with the Rangers, resulting in a month-long absence.

Oswaldo Cabrera was brought up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Calhoun’s spot on the roster. Boone expressed his concern about the recent series of contentious calls involving plays at home plate, stating that they do not portray the sport in a favorable light.

Calhoun expressed his frustration with the situation, acknowledging that it is disappointing. He emphasized his commitment to doing everything possible to expedite his recovery and contribute to the team’s success.

Ian Hamilton may return on Tuesday

Ian-Hamilton is seen picthing for the Yankees in the Grapefruit League and aginst the Phillies at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees anticipate that right-handed pitcher Ian Hamilton, who is recovering from a groin strain, will participate in one additional rehabilitation game in the minor leagues. If all goes well, he could then make his return to the bullpen in time for the upcoming road trip, which commences on Tuesday in Oakland.

Ian Hamilton, the right-handed pitcher who has been sidelined with a right groin strain, is set to pitch for a minimum of four outs in his upcoming minor league rehab appearance on Saturday. If all goes well, there is a possibility that he could rejoin the Yankees during their road trip next week. Hamilton has been on the injured list since May 17, and his return would provide a boost to the team’s bullpen.

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3 thoughts on “Latest Yankees injury update: Aaron Judge’s turnaround, Calhoun’s IL, Hamilton’s rehab

  1. The Yankees losing record since Judge’s latest toe injury demonstrates the impact of his loss to the team’s success. He’s not just a player, but also the captain & obvious leader of the team. He’s also a role model to every young player around him daily. His absence not only affects the veterans, but every player on the team as well. I’m concerned about the aging players on the Yankees team. The veterans have not performed very well at all lately. The team’s playoff potential is in doubt this year. I don’t understood Cashman’s reasoning for his key positional acquisitions over the last few years. As anyone can see, those acquisitions haven’t enhanced their success. Instead, these players have spent more time on the IL than playing time. I think Aaron Boone is a good manager; however, he’s likely reached a replacement point. This opinion is supported by his diminishing returns in several leadership areas of responsibility. I believe this also applies to Cashman. The New York Yankees baseball team would have been handled much differently with with their previous former owner, Hal Steinbrenner. The fans, including me, would have seen significant improvements in all facets of the game if he was still at the helm. It’s time for his predecessors to figure out how he was so successful.

  2. I can only say this. Yes, of COURSE we Yankee fans desperately miss Aaron Judge’s bat and for that matter his fielding as well ( not too many players out there that can steal a home run like he does). That being said however, there are other players ( Stanton, Bader, Donaldson, and Volpe to name a few that can and should play far better than they currently are. After all, it’s supposed to be a TEAM effort. So, clear out those cobwebs and go and be the BRONX BOMBERS for crying out loud!! The YANKEES are supposed to be EXACTLY where the (excuse me) Rays are now. I’ve been a fan for 45 years and I can honestly say that I (along with a plithera of other Yankee fans) am disgusted with their overall game play. Pretty soon the playoffs will be knocking, but, if the Yanks don’t straighten things out, there will absolutely be ZERO chance that they will hear that knocking. Nuff said.

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