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.
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.