The New York Yankees received some tough news late on Tuesday when it was announced that slugger Aaron Judge would need to be placed on the injured list.
Judge’s second trip to the IL this season is a result of his spectacular catch on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.
The veteran outfielder ran into the fence, which ultimately caved and opened, causing Judge to step into the bullpen briefly.
Judge is out with a toe contusion.
On MLB Now, analysts Bill Ripken, Jon Morosi, Lauren Shehadi, and Robert Flores discussed Judge’s injury and how it affects the Yankees in the short term.
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Morosi talked about how it’s going to be hard for the Yankees to reconfigure their outfield with Judge now back on the injured list, noting that the team takes on a completely different look with him not in the lineup, and not for the better.
New York is 6-7 without Judge in the starting lineup.
Morosi also noted that Giancarlo Stanton would have to take on the responsibilities of being the centerpiece in the Yankees lineup with the reigning AL MVP on the shelf.
On a positive note, this isn’t expected to be a long stay on the IL for Judge.
Ripken discussed how Judge brings a calming presence to the rest of the Yankees hitters and how without him, there is a little bit more pressure on those who are still in the lineup.
Without Judge, things are going to be quite a bit different for the next week as he recovers.NEXT: Yankees Dealing With A Scary Situation Wednesday