Yankees injury news doesn’t get better as Gio Urshela is scratched and Aaron Judge remains a mystery

Alexander Wilson
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Apr 28, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) reacts after getting hit by a pitch during the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

With the New York Yankees scheduled to take on the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday evening, they will be without two of their primary starters. Right fielder Aaron Judge has been dealing with a mystery injury as of late, and skipper Aaron Boone has failed to offer a reasonable explanation for his absence.

The second player to miss Friday’s game is Gio Urshela, as he is experiencing side effects after being vaccinated on Thursday.

Gio Urshela scratched:

Per the Yankees:

  • Placed INF Gio Urshela on the COVID injured list due to side effects from vaccination.

Aaron Judge remains out with mystery injury:

Judge reportedly has pain in his left side, and whether it be his oblique or a lower-body issue, the Yankees refuse to offer any explanation for what’s going on. This might be part of their new approach, trying to keep the media away from making any egregious assumptions, or they simply are unsure where the pain is stemming from.

“Just felt like I wanted to wait another day,’’ Boone said Friday. “We’ll see where he’s at in 24 hours. It’s simply wanting to play the long game and not force anything.”

Ultimately, the Yankees desperately need Aaron Judge in the lineup, as he could’ve been the catalyst in their most recent loss to the Baltimore Orioles that went to extra innings. Judge played in just 29 games out of 60 last year and 28 in 2020. His injuries have significantly dampened the overall mood surrounding a potential long-term extension in the future. When available, he’s easily one of the best hitters in baseball, but sometimes the best ability is availability.