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Rockies may pull Wade Davis from closer spot

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Rockies closer Wade Davis may be on thin ice, according to comments from manager Bud Black on Friday. Black told reporters that the club is “contemplating changes at the back of the bullpen,” which could mean Davis is due for a demotion in the near future.

It hasn’t been an easy road for the 33-year-old righty this year. On Thursday night, he took his third loss of the season after surrendering a go-ahead single to Chris Taylor in the ninth. Kiké Hernández followed up with a three-run shot, leaving the Rockies in the dust as the Dodgers took a 12-8 lead for the win.

Admittedly, that loss came on the heels of back-to-back saves, but Davis hasn’t exactly showcased the kind of consistency Colorado is looking for. Through Thursday’s performance, he’s pitched to a 6.00 ERA with 11 saves, a 6.0 BB/9, and 9.0 SO/9 across 24 innings. And, though his poor showing on the mound can be partially attributed to a strained left oblique and a three-week stay on the injured list, it’s unclear just how long the Rockies are willing to wait for him to return to the sub-3.00 ERA and 2.0+ fWAR that helped drive his three-year, $52-million deal in 2017.

While it doesn’t appear Black has a replacement in mind yet — at least, not one he’s publicly announced — fellow righty Scott Oberg may be poised to take Davis’ slot after turning in a much more impressive 2.04 ERA, 3.6 BB/9, and 9.8 SO/9 through 39 2/3 innings for the team. Per FanGraphs, the Rockies’ bullpen currently ranks seventh in the National League and 16th overall with a collective 4.54 ERA and 1.4 fWAR in 2019.

Yankees place Aaron Judge (strained calf) on IL

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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.