Because the New York Yankees appear to have accidentally run afoul of some voodoo magic at some point, they can't seem to go more than a few weeks without some big name getting hurt. In their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, superstar outfielder Aaron Judge fell victim.
Judge hasn't played since the Los Angeles series with a nebulous toe injury. Considering how Judge is fresh off signing a giant nine-year contract and has had some issues with staying healthy early in his career, it makes sense for the Yankees to tread very lightly here.
Unfortinately, the infuriating vagueness of the Yankees' medical evaluation process means that fans were left in the dark for large chunks of Judge's absence. Despite Aaron Boone swearing up and down that Judge's injury was not too bad, the latest update is not exactly uplifting for fans.
Bryan Hoch reported that Judge had yet another PRP injection, with a second ligament in his toe still bothering him. There is currently no timetable for his return, which could be a death blow for a Yankees lineup that has been borderline unwatchable without Judge in the starting nine every day.
New York Yankees have no timetable for Aaron Judge
Judge was leading the American League in home runs with 19 before he got hurt, all while flirting with a batting average close to .300. Shohei Ohtani has since surpassed him in the dingers department, and the rest of the Yankees' lineup has offered minimal resistance.
Giancarlo Stanton and Josh Donaldson both have some very clutch home runs since returning from injury, but neither of them has gotten on base consistently. Anthony Rizzo is in one of the worst slumps of his career, DJ LeMahieu's season from hell is continuing, and Gleyber Torres hasn't stepped up.
Harrison Bader coming back at some point in the near future will help the Yankees out here, but the lineup will have to make lemonade out of the lemons they have been given. Jake Bauers and Willie Calhoun have been hitting, but will these journeymen keep it up? Can Anthony Volpe get back on track?
It's reasonable to be all doom and gloom about this injury. This is the team who hinted that Carlos Rodon would be back and throwing relatively soon after his Spring Training ailments. Judge needs to get back as soon as possible for the rest of this flotsam, known as the Yankee lineup, to have a chance.