Judge is dealing with a toe injury he sustained at the beginning of June that could throw what started out as a potentially fruitful campaign into tatters. The 31-year-old is coming off a historic season in which he hit 62 home runs and nearly snagged a batting triple crown. He got off to a great start this season, hitting 19 homers in 49 games before suffering said injury.
The bad toe was supposed to keep him out for two weeks yet it appears things have gotten a lot worse since and the Yankees cannot even guarantee that the player will return this season as it’s been revealed that he’s suffered a torn ligament.
Judge has spoken about the uniqueness of the injury, and it comes on the back of the team claiming he might be able to return to baseball activities this week.
”I’ve got to knock out the rehab stuff,” he said, per ESPN. “I’ve had different injuries over the years where it’s going to take a while. It’s not going to be perfect here in a couple of weeks. Once we can manage the pain, we’re going to be in a good spot.
“I don’t think too many people in here have torn a ligament in their toe. If it was a quad, we’d have a better answer. If it’s an oblique or hamstring, we have answers and a timeline for that. With how unique this injury is, and it being my back foot, which I push off of and run off of, it’s a tough spot.”
The reigning AL MVP did rehab work in a pool last week and was hoping to move on to throwing and light hitting, but it appears that’s now on hold.
Team manager Aaron Boone said on Saturday that he does expect Judge to return at some point but could not guarantee it.
“The reality is, we’re without him right now and we’ve got to find a way to get it done,” Boone said. “We have the people in there to get it done, we just got to do a better job right now of putting pressure on the opposing pitchers and defense.”
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