Yankees pull Juan Soto from game with apparent injury

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With rain pouring down in the Bronx, the New York Yankees made the decision to pull superstar slugger Juan Soto from the contest with four innings left to play. The initial assumption was that Soto might have gone a bit cold, and the Yankees wanted to preserve his health, but according to Max Goodman of NJ.com, Soto was taken out due to left forearm discomfort.

Forearm discomfort can sometimes be a precursor to a UCL injury, which is exactly what Jasson Dominguez experienced last year. The hope is that it’s nothing overly serious and he just tweaked a muscle, but the Yankees will take extra precaution, and they may have to continue on without him for a few days, which would be the best case scenario.

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Soto’s Impact on the Yankees and the Importance of His Health

Soto is competing alongside Aaron Judge for the MVP this season, with both sporting insane numbers. The 25-year-old is in a contract year, hitting .319/.422/.605, including 17 homers, 53 RBIs, 16.7% strikeout rate, 15.3% walk rate, and 190 wRC+.

Soto has been one of the best offensive players in baseball and the Yankees desperately need him healthy to keep their World Series aspirations alive, so the coming days will be extremely important regarding any updates on his forearm.

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