Following Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone stated the reason he pulled Aaron Judge after a fifth-inning solo home run. While Judge was rounding second base, he displayed a slight grimace of pain, but his facial expressions are no rarity.
The Yankees were leading 8-0 at the time, indicating that Boone was just resting him for future games.
However, the very next day he indicated that Judge was dealing with some “lower body tightness,” and was receiving treatment in the clubhouse after being pulled. When asked if he would play against the Boston Red Sox on Friday, Boone said that he was hopeful.
Prior to his usual press conference before each game, Boone pushed the time from 4 PM to 5:20 PM.
The New York Yankees have enjoyed the best of Aaron Judge:
So far this season, Judge has been on fire, posting a .290 batting average with nine homers and 20 RBIs. His .758 slugging percentage leads the team by a large margin and is currently on pace for 30 homers in an abbreviated 2020 season.
While the injury is expected to be minor, this is what Boone stated on Friday following the matchup against the Red Sox:
Aaron Judge is headed to the injured list with a calf injury…
We all know how long it took Giancarlo Stanton to return. These guys are made of glass.
— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilsonESM) August 14, 2020
According to Boone, the injury was a mild calf strain, per the MRI. A grade-1 calf injury should keep him out for a few weeks, similar to how Giancarlo Stanton rehabbed from the same injury earlier this year.