Yankees dodge bullet with Aaron Judge injury

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During Tuesday night’s game, a tense moment unfolded for the New York Yankees and their fans when superstar Aaron Judge was struck by a pitch on his hand. The incident occurred in the third inning, leading to an immediate concern over the potential severity of the injury. Judge, visibly in pain, made his way to first base, where he was promptly examined by the team’s trainer.

Yankees Dodged a Major Injury Bullet

Following the initial on-field assessment, Judge continued to play until the end of the inning before he retreated to the clubhouse for further evaluation. The Yankees’ outfielder underwent X-rays and a CT scan to determine the extent of the damage. Fortunately for Judge and the team, the results came back negative, indicating no fractures.

Jun 1, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a single against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Edwards-USA TODAY Sports
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Judge, who is in the midst of another MVP-caliber season, is a critical component of the Yankees’ lineup. His performance so far this season has been outstanding, boasting a batting average of .302 with an on-base percentage of .428 and a slugging percentage of .687. With 26 home runs and 64 RBIs over 74 games, Judge is on track to approach his historic 62-home run season, currently projecting to hit 56 homers this year.

Given the importance of Judge to the team’s success, the Yankees are likely to be cautious with his return. Although the scans did not reveal any breaks, the impact could result in a bruise that might affect his ability to play. The team is considering giving him a day off on Wednesday to prevent any further risk or complications. It’s essential for Judge to fully recover, as compensating for pain could lead to additional issues.

The Yankees and their fans are hopeful that Judge’s injury is minor and that he can quickly return to the lineup. His presence and performance are vital as the team continues its pursuit of success this season, relying heavily on his powerful hitting and leadership on the field.

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