Yankees’ star diagnosed with right rib fracture
Manager Aaron Boone said on Friday that Aaron Judge has been diagnosed with a right rib stress fracture that may require surgery. Judge has been unable to participate in on-field batting practice since Spring Training began.
Tha Yanks are planning to rest Judge for at least two more weeks before re-evaluating his progress with a CT scan. Judge says that he believes the injury dates back to a game he played against the Angels in September of 2019.
Judge expressed his frustrations with this diagnosis by saying “…At least we have an answer, so now we can start working on a solution… But overall, I’m just mad. I want to be out there with my team, especially in Spring Training. We have a good team here, a good club. We have a lot of goals here in 2020, and I want to be out there. But the first thing is you’ve got to get this healed, get it right and then we can move forward.”
Aaron Boone has said that there is a chance Judge will need surgery. “I wouldn’t say that’s off the table, but you wouldn’t want to do that right now, especially if the bone is healing,” Boone explained. However, Judge has said that he is hopeful that rest will allow the injury to heal.
Aaron Judge has played with the Yankees for his entire four-year career. He has 106 Home Runs in 1333 at bats since the start of the 2017 MLB season. At this time, it is unlikely that both Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge play on Opening Day which is scheduled for March 26th.