More missed time
This latest Judge injury hurts the most because here is a guy who had a great rookie year where he belted 52 home runs and drove in 114 RBI. Since then, he’s not been able to stay on the field. So far, in his short career, Judge has suffered several significant injuries that have forced him to miss substantial time.
In his rookie season in 2017, Judge played in 155 games (career-high). Since then, he played in 112 games two years ago and just 102 games last season. In 2018 Judge took a fastball off his right wrist, which resulted in a fracture, and in 2019 he missed two months with a left oblique strain.
It’s a shame that someone with as much talent as Judge can’t stay healthy. When Judge is fit, he can be one of the faces of the MLB. It’s legitimately time to worry about his durability. The two-time all-star is going to be 28 next month, at 6-7, 282-pounds, the Yankees have to worry if his body will be able to hold up as he gets older.
It scary that at 27, he’s already suffered so many injuries (yes, the broken wrist was out of his control). Still, history has shown that bodies of Judge’s (and Stanton’s) type don’t magically become more durable as they get older.
The stress fracture in Judge’s rib, according to Boone, happened back in September when he dove headfirst trying to catch a line drive.