Update (11:16 PM ET): The Yankees announced that Judge suffered a chip fracture in his right wrist. He will be held out of games for at least three weeks, so that’s a stint on the 10-day disabled list.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was hit on the right wrist with a 2-2 Jakob Junis fastball in the first inning of Thursday night’s game against the Royals. Judge initially stayed in the game, but was pinch-hit for by Miguel Andujar in the bottom of the fourth inning. Judge left the stadium to undergo an MRI at a nearby hospital, per Lindsey Adler of The Athletic.
Judge, 26, entered Thursday’s action batting .283/.396/.547 with 26 home runs and 61 RBI in 445 plate appearances. Obviously, it would be a big blow if the Yankees were to lose him for any amount of time. If Judge does need a stint on the disabled list, Giancarlo Stanton would likely get regular playing time in right field. Stanton has split his season with 47 games at DH, 31 games in left field, and 21 in right field.
The Yankees should have more on Judge’s status later tonight or tomorrow.
Another fan was struck by a line drive foul ball during Sunday’s game between the Rockies and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Mike DiGiovanna and Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times report. The ball was hit by Cody Bellinger in the first inning, going just beyond where the protective netting ends at the first-base dugout, striking a young woman in the head. Play was delayed for two minutes while the woman received medical attention. She initially stayed in her seat holding an ice pack to her head but was taken to a hospital for evaluation. According to someone in the Dodger Stadium first-aid office, the girl was alert and responding.
After the game, Bellinger said, “It was weird. It’s the first time I think I’ve hit a fan. I saw it literally hit her face. That was tough. I just tried to regroup. I’m sure it was tough for everyone.” He added, “I went over the next half-inning just to make sure she was all right. She said she was all right. She gave me a thumbs up. Obviously, it’s a scary situation.”
Both Bellinger and manager Dave Roberts expressed support for extending the protective netting at Dodger Stadium.
Bellinger was involved in yet another incident involving a fan later in the game. According to Michael Duarte of NBC Los Angeles, a 14-year-old girl ran on the field in the ninth inning. Bellinger said the girl came up to him and said, “I want a hug.” As she hugged Bellinger, a security guard tackled her. Bellinger said to her, “You know you’re going to jail?” She replied, “Yeah, I know. It was worth it.”