The New York Yankees were hoping that this was going to be the year that Aaron Judge stayed healthy. He had not appeared in over 112 games since his rookie campaign in 2017, dealing with a myriad of injuries which have kept his potent bat out of the lineup. He had changed his workout regimen this offseason, looking to add more flexibility as he attempts to remain in the lineup as much as possible.
Well, that plan did not even last a week. Judge was held out of the Yankees’ lineup on Wednesday due to ‘soreness’ in his side.
New York Yankees: New year, same Aaron Judge
At this point, there does not seem to be much of a reason for concern. Based on manager Aaron Boone‘s comments, it feels as though Judge is taking Wednesday off as a precaution. Having the off day on Thursday helps, especially with the Yankees having to face the Rays and Blue Jays in their next two series.
At least, there would be no reason for concern when it comes to most players. Judge, however, does not exactly have the greatest track record for staying healthy. Any time he is held out of the lineup for ‘soreness’ or ‘maintenance,’ the Yankees and their fans have to be holding their breath as they wait for the other shoe to drop.
Through five games, Judge has been his usual impressive self. He has eight hits, including two homers, in his 23 plate appearances, as he has once again been a key power threat in the Yankees’ lineup. As New York looks to return to the postseason, and get back to the World Series, he will be a key part of those hopes.
But they need him to stay healthy. If that involves giving Judge the day off before an off day, just to provide a little extra rest, then so be it. However, the fact that he is already dealing with soreness in his side has to give the team reason for pause.
The New York Yankees are giving Aaron Judge a day off due to soreness in his side. Given his history, even minor precautions are potentially concerning.