Jake Odorizzi expected to miss time with oblique injury

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Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi was forced to make an early departure from his start Friday night against the Mariners with pain in his right side, and manager Kevin Cash acknowledged Saturday that it likely had something to do with his oblique muscle.

Cash told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune that Odorizzi is scheduled to see a doctor as soon as the Rays return from their current 10-game road trip on Monday and called it a “fair” assumption that the hard-throwing 25-year-old is looking at an extended absence. Grade 1 oblique strains typically take two to three weeks to heal. Grade 2 strains can sideline players for more than a month.

Odorizzi is sporting a fantastic 2.47 ERA and 1.017 WHIP in 12 starts this season.

He also has an impressive 63/15 K/BB ratio through 76 2/3 innings.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.