I mean, with him gone for a whole year due to his own selfishness and then coming back and creating a media circus, how on Earth will he ever be able to relate to his teammates? How will they ever trust him? It’s going to be a nightmare of team chemistry. And that’s before you get to the fact that he’s probably not going to be able to play baseball anymore and the fans will boo him like crazy!
In other news, I cannot recall a Yankee season in the past 20 years that has had less controversy or drama about it than this one. They’re just a baseball team. For the first time in years, just a regular baseball team. That happens to be four games up in the AL East.
Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge was shaken up during Saturday’s 9-2 win over the Royals. The slugger appeared to tweak his left side after hitting a single off of Glenn Sparkman in the sixth inning, and was wincing in pain as team trainers attended to him. Per an official announcement from the club, he sustained a left oblique injury and will undergo an MRI at the New York Presbyterian Hospital this afternoon.
While it’s not yet clear how long Judge will be out of commission, it’s a worrying injury given his history. The 26-year-old outfielder was similarly sidelined in 2016 after a right oblique strain brought an abrupt end to his first MLB call-up, and missed significant time again in 2018 after fracturing his right wrist. It’s also a blow to the Yankees, who currently have a dozen players nursing injuries from bone spurs to rotator cuff issues on the injured list.
Prior to Saturday’s incident, Judge went 2-for-4 with a first-inning home run and a base hit, adding to a healthy .288/.404/.521 batting line and running total of five homers, 11 RBI, and a .925 OPS through his first 89 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by infielder/outfielder Tyler Wade, who stepped in to pinch-run in the sixth and returned at the top of the seventh to assume Judge’s post in right field.