Orioles’ starter Wade Miley made it through just 12 pitches on Friday night after getting struck in the wrist and leg by two batted balls. The first ball, a 103.3 m.p.h. line drive off the bat of the White Sox’ Jose Abreu, ricocheted off of Miley’s left wrist and caused a left wrist contusion.
The left-hander recovered to throw against Avisail Garcia, but the next line drive (clocked at an exit velocity of 102.1 m.p.h.) caught him on his left leg. That was Miley’s cue to exit the game, having issued three hits in the first 2/3 of the inning.
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The good news? X-rays on Miley’s wrist were negative, and his postgame comments indicate that he doesn’t expect to lose any time on the disabled list. If only the same could be said for the rest of Baltimore’s pitching staff, who are currently dealing with Chris Tillman‘s right shoulder bursitis and a persistent forearm issue for closer Zach Britton.
NEW YORK — Yankees star Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday night’s game against Boston and manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time.
The move was retroactive to Wednesday and Boone described the strain as mild after an MRI revealed the injury. To replace Judge on the roster, Thairo Estrada was recalled from the Yankees’ alternate site in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Judge began Friday leading the majors with nine homers and tied with Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the major league lead with 20 RBIs.
“It’s something that I think he really wants to try and work through here and kind of wants to be out here and feels like it’s a day-to-day thing which it may very well be, but I just think obviously it goes without saying how important a player Aaron is to us,” Boone said.
Boone had said last weekend’s series on the artificial turf in Tampa Bay took its toll on the 6-foot-7 outfielder.
Judge joined Giancarlo Stanton as the second Yankees slugger to land on the injured list this. Stanton was placed on the IL with a strained hamstring after getting hurt in the second game of last Saturday’s doubleheader.
“We’ve lost two MVP-caliber players,” Boone said. “Obviously that is a blow, especially two guys that playing well as they are right now.”
Judge was pulled for a pinch hitter during Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta and didn’t play Wednesday. The Yankees were off Thursday.
The 28-year-old All-Star missed time during July’s training camp because of a stiff neck.
The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year hit 27 homers in each of the last two seasons, both of them interrupted by injuries. His right wrist was broken when he was hit by a pitch in 2018 and he went on the injured list for two months last year with a left oblique strain.
Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and would not have been ready for the season opener if the season began as scheduled on March 26.