Coming off a 2019 season that was riddled with injuries, the unfortunate trend is continuing for the New York Yankees.
All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge will be sidelined to start spring training due to right shoulder soreness, the team announced.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Tuesday that Judge is experiencing soreness in his shoulder and the team plans to restrict him from hitting and throwing drills to start the spring.
As a matter of caution, New York will also keep Judge out of exhibition games to begin spring, with the first game set to take place on Saturday.
Aaron Judge held back from hitting and throwing due to shoulder soreness and “crankiness” according to Aaron Boone. Won’t play in exhibition games right away, but Boone said they don’t think it’s a major issue. Treating it conservatively, over 5 weeks until Opening Day.— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) February 18, 2020
Fortunately for the Yankees, the team doesn’t believe Judge’s “cranky” shoulder will sideline him for too long. Given hitters just reported for camp this week, the team has time to ease Judge into action and monitor the progress with more than a month until Opening Day.
The Yankees suffered a significant blow before spring training began when starting pitcher James Paxton underwent a rare spinal surgery. The Yanks are hopeful he can return to action before June, strengthening one of MLB’s best rotations.
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