The hope that baseball returns this year has everyone on the edge of their seats. However, the New York Yankees are expected to be without one of their biggest stars, Aaron Judge, assuming baseball does return this summer.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman disclosed that despite growing optimism, outfielder Aaron Judge is not likely going to return until around the summertime.
What Happened to Judge?
Judge was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right rib from early March. It is believed that Judge suffered the injury while diving for a ball in September last season. He admitted during Spring Training that he was feeling pain in his right shoulder and pectoral muscle. It was revealed that Judge had since recovered from a collapsed lung. He sustained the injury on that diving play last fall.
Cashman said that Judge’s pain tolerance and work ethic were part of the reason that they didn’t catch the issue sooner. The 28-year-old slugger was forced to sit out during Spring Training games. Judge was able to participate in some workouts, but the league was shutdown shortly after he was diagnosed.
Sadly, this is a rare injury and Judge is going to be sidelined longer than he hoped to be out. The latest MLB proposal has Opening Day possibly starting on July 1st. Cashman has not ruled out Judge being available for Opening Day, but the team is going to wait and see how he progresses.
The two-time All-Star is an important part of the Yankees lineup. Judge slashed .272/.381/.540 with 27 home runs and 55 RBI through 102 games in 2019. Sadly, injuries have plagued Judge over the last few years. However, he crushed 52 home runs while playing a full season in 2017. The Yankees would certainly love to have Judge back in their lineup for whenever the 2020 season does begin.