Aaron Judge Injury: Aaron Boone Provides Update on Yankees Slugger

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 04: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees hits during summer workouts at Yankee Stadium on July 04, 2020 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 04: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees hits during summer workouts at Yankee Stadium on July 04, 2020 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone gave fans an update on Aaron Judge.

UPDATE: Judge is out of the lineup for Tuesday’s intrasquad game depsite partaking in baseball activities during practice.

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Not too long after New York Yankees fans were hit with the Aroldis Chapman COVID-19 diagnosis, Aaron Judge was scratched from Saturday’s intrasquad game due to a stiff neck.

Though it wasn’t anything to be alarmed about, according to manager Aaron Boone at the time, Judge was scratched again on Sunday. Really? One night of sleeping on your neck the wrong way and you’re on the shelf for two days?

Well, now it could be three. Boone provided an update on Judge Monday afternoon, and while the slugger is practicing and hitting the weight room, it’s unclear if he’ll be ready to go for Tuesday night’s scrimmage.

We told you this was something to worry about, regardless of what we were told. Any injury news surrounding Judge has fans biting their nails because of how severely limited he’s been since 2018. Though he’s slugged his way through limited time, we have yet to see that wire-to-wire MVP performance again — plus, his 2019 playoff showing was not good.

The delayed season provided one lone silver lining: Judge would be able to recover from his shoulder/lung/rib injuries that were expected to keep him out for the first 3+ months of 2020 and be ready to go for the 60-game campaign.

Now, could that be in question?

Opening Day is 10 days away, so any hiccups in the meantime will delay his start to the DELAYED season, which we can’t believe we’re typing. Just 10 days ago, the Yankees were primed for an all-hands-on-deck beginning to the year, and since then Tanaka, Chapman and Judge have gone down in some capacity, in that order.

Perhaps this shred of concerning news will be followed up by the return of DJ LeMahieu? Please? No, seriously. Please.

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