The Yankees have next to no interest in putting a timeline on Aaron Judge's recovery from his current mysterious toe injury, which tells you two things: 1) The Yankees don't want to set expectations incorrectly and 2) The injury is probably pretty bad.
Judge's indefinite recovery has put this already undercooked offense in a bind. With Judge, they appear too reliant on their central star. Without him, they seem downright destitute.
The worst part of all is you can't blame Brian Cashman's slapdash roster construction and collection of fill-ins. Without Willie Calhoun, Jake Bauers, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and now Billy McKinney, this team might be even deader than dead during their non-Judge games. It isn't the league-minimum veterans who are coming up small. It's the other supposed leaders, like Anthony Rizzo (whose neck is fine, totally fine, definitely fine), DJ LeMahieu, and Josh Donaldson, who has drilled five home runs this season (good!) and has six total hits (insane!!!).
Dealing with a group of diminished stars has left one anonymous Yankees teammate a little peckish. This player went as far as to tell Jon Heyman this week that Judge maybe shouldn't have saved the game last Saturday after all.
Yankees teammate think Aaron Judge shouldn't have made wall crash catch that injured toe
You're not supposed to say it out loud!
Get on Judge for occasionally being reckless all you want, but I'm not sure how you tell him not to go all out on a do-or-die play at Dodger Stadium. If the JD Martinez liner last Saturday drops, then it's likely 5-4 Yankees with the tying run on second and nobody out (and the game probably turns into the first of three straight Michael King blown saves, given what transpired next, which is a massive yikes).
With the benefit of hindsight ... yeah, Judge shouldn't have slammed his foot into the wall and knocked his toe off-kilter. Way to go, brainiac! But something tells me if Judge let the ball drop and roll around right field at Dodger Stadium, nobody would've accepted his postgame excuse of, "I just wanted to keep my toe safe."
You want to forget all about this? The Yankees veterans are going to have to play like Yankees veterans. Hopefully, the person who said Judge should've pulled up and let the ball drop isn't one of the respected longtime Yankees who's currently dropping the ball.