New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has been out of the lineup since last Saturday.
In that game against the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend, Judge made an impressive running catch and banged his toe against the outfield wall.
The collision resulted in a toe injury that took a couple of days to correctly diagnose.
There was fear that it was fractured, but fortunately for the Yankees, that’s not the case.
“Aaron Judge has a bruise and a strain of a ligament in his right big toe, will go on the IL,” The Athletic’s Brendan Kuty tweeted.
Aaron Judge has a bruise and a strain of a ligament in his right big toe, will go on the IL. #Yankees
— Brendan Kuty 🧟♂️ (@BrendanKutyNJ) June 7, 2023
If Judge had a broken toe, he was probably looking at more than a month on the shelf.
You could say, as a result, that the Yankees dodged a disaster.
Still, since the swelling still refuses to go down, Judge didn’t avoid the injured list for a second time this year.
It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly how much time he will miss, but he figures to be out for at least a week.
The Yankees are expected to make the move official later on Wednesday, and they can backdate it to Sunday.
Judge, who already has 19 home runs on the season in spite of losing a handful of games with injuries, will be missed in the Yankees lineup.
The Yanks are 1-1 since Judge got hurt.
Other sluggers and performers will need to step up to keep the team afloat while the reigning MVP is out.
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