New York Yankees All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge becomes the lastest player to have his 2020 season delayed due to injury.
Before spring training started, the Bronx Bombers announced that Paxton would be out until midseason following back surgery last month. Hicks, who was injured last season, and Severino are recovering from Tommy John surgery (something too many Yankees players have had recently). Finally, Stanton is injured again and is nursing a Grade 1 right calf strain.
Now on top of all those team setbacks, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced Friday that his star right fielder, Judge, suffered a stress fracture in his first right rib. As of now, No. 99 doesn’t need an operation.
According to George King of the NY Post, Boone couldn’t say whether or not Judge would be ready to play on opening day.
“We will reassess in two weeks where he is at as far as the bone healing and hopefully have an idea of what that looks like. You could do surgery at some point to remove the rib. I wouldn’t say that is off the table. You wouldn’t want to do that right now, especially if the bone is healing.’’
You can’t make this stuff up. The hurts just keep on coming. Following their injury-plagued 2019 season, the New York Yankees decided to shake up their medical staff and brought in a top-notch crew to avoid the problems they have gone through in recent years.
It’s yet to be seen how this new medical staff will impact the Yankees fitness moving forward. It will take time for the new medical staff’s health and conditioning programs to make a difference but the results can’t come too soon.
Last year Boone had to put together game lineups with twine and duct tape. He certainly wasn’t expecting a repeat in 2020. The thought of losing Judge for an extended period has to be like a bad flashback.