The mystery injury surrounding New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has been confusing fans and analysts for weeks. With the Yankees currently sitting at 4-5 on the season, they have missed Judge in a few games he sat due to injury. So far, Judge has played in seven of nine, logging two home runs and a .310 average. There is no question he is an integral part of the office and defense, and without him, the team lacks their spark plug.
However, Judge finally gave some insight into the injury that has been plaguing him since Opening Day, and one that skipper Aaron Boone refused to detail.
â€œI think it might have been a little issue of taking too many hundreds of swings down there in the cage before and after games,â€ he told reporters after beating the Rays 8-4 on Sunday afternoon.
Yankees’ Aaron Judge doesn’t stop working:
On the bright side, it is nice to see that Judge is working extremely hard to improve his game and help the Yankees over the entire 162 game season. Adjusting his mentality and body to fit a longer schedule was always a difficult task, so he took a different approach toward rehabilitating.
â€œAny soreness, based on track record, instead of missing a month, why not miss one game or two games?â€ Judge said. â€œWhat the difference between playing 155 (games) or 157. That was the intent behind it, and Iâ€™m feeling good now.â€
â€œWhen the swing doesnâ€™t feel right or the outfield doesnâ€™t feel right or running the bases doesnâ€™t feel right, I go right to work. I take swings, I get more routes in the outfield,â€ Judge said.
Judge has spent a lot of time in the lab refining his talents and perfecting his fundamentals, which has led to a strong start to the 2021 season. The reality is clear, though, the Yankees desperately need arguably their best player in the lineup on a daily basis, so keeping him healthy is essential.