Some Angels players believe C.J. Wilson should try to pitch through his injury

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As reported yesterday, C.J. Wilson will miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with  a left elbow impingement. He’ll have surgery to clean out a bone spur. Pretty straight-forward, it seems. This passage from Alden Gonzalez’s story at MLB.com, however, reveals that the matter is not so clear cut in the Angels’ clubhouse:

Privately, though, several Angels players expressed frustration in Wilson’s decision, with some believing he should’ve continued to try to pitch through the issue.

Wilson was adamant in saying he can no longer push through it.

I am struggling to think what possible basis one person has to second guess another person’s medical decisions like that. But maybe I’m underestimating the number of orthopedists and M.D.s the Angels have on their 25-man roster.

Seriously, though C.J., rub some dirt on that bone spur and get the heck back out there. The experts have spoken. Anonymously, and in a manner which they would never speak to you face to face.

 

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

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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.