Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge continues to aim for a Sunday return.
Aaron Judge’s calf strain raised our eyebrows this week only because of the way the Yankees treated it.
Not exactly considerate of their fans’ heart rates when they typically drop injury diagnoses, Aaron Boone initially claimed he’d pulled Aaron Judge from Tuesday’s game for no good reason, then changed his tune, then placed the early-season MVP favorite on the injured list with a low-grade calf strain.
Of course, why were we supposed to start believing Boone’s assessment then? If Boone told us it was mild, why was that different than when he told us it didn’t exist?
Lucky for us, it seems like one doctor’s injury timeline of a full month of recovery probably wasn’t accurate. Judge deemed himself to be “100%” already on Sunday, and he backed up the assertion by taking BP on the field on Tuesday with the goal of returning to action when his 10 days are up at week’s end.
The next step for Judge, of course, involves simply maintaining this level. No massive buildup to normalcy. No treading lightly. Just has to let that very slight discomfort heal. This all seemed to be as surface level as the right fielder professed it to be.
Of course, while the Yankees remain cautious, they could certainly use Judge as soon as he’s legally available.
Giancarlo Stanton won’t be back for another two or three weeks, kept off his feet with a hamstring issue, and DJ LeMahieu is on the shelf with a two-week thumb sprain.
The Yankees have the depth to weather these three individual storms, but they still don’t want to.
When Judge returns, he’ll still be rather close to the top of the leaderboard in home runs — his 9 rank only behind Dad Strength Mike Trout’s 10.
The sooner Judge gets back the better. Let’s ditch those “Get Well!” signs in the virtual Judge’s Chambers while we’re at it, too, Fox.