NEW YORK (Ambush Sports) — Star outfielder Aaron Judge will be out of action for at least two weeks as a result of a stress fracture in his first right rib, according to New York Yankees skipper Aaron Boone on Friday.
Boone told reporters he thought Judge had injured himself while making a diving catch during playoff action last September and may have to undergo surgery to fix the injury.
“We’ll reassess in two weeks where he’s at,” Boone said. “It shows signs of healing, so we’re going to give it the next couple weeks and re-test to show how much healing is going on with that rib. … I wouldn’t say [surgery] is off the table but you wouldn’t want to go do that right now, especially if the bone is healing.”
Judge underwent multiple tests to determine the ailment and had not appeared in any spring training games to date. He has also battled soreness in his right shoulder and pectoral muscle.
“I want to be out there. But the first thing is you’ve got to get this healed, get this right and then you can move forward,” Judge told reporters. “The biggest thing is, I want the pain to go away and get this healed up. … [I’m] frustrated, especially with an injury that happened at the end of last year and still didn’t heal up.”
“At least we have an answer, so now we can start working on a solution,” Judge added. “Overall, I’m just mad. I want to be out there with my team, especially in spring training. We’ve got a good team here, a good club, and we’ve got a lot of goals here in 2020.”
The 2017 American League Rookie of the Year has been limited to 214 games in the past two seasons as a result of other ailments – a broken right wrist in 2018 and a strained left oblique in 2019.
There currently isn’t a timetable as to how soon he will be able to return to action for the Yankees organization.