Aaron Judge has a stress fracture in his rib

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone just announced that Aaron Judge has a stress fracture in his first right rib. Boone said the injury likely dates back to last September, and that at present, it shows signs of healing. The team is going to try to give him two weeks of rest to see if that can fix things and re-test him, but they said that surgery is not off the table.

Judge has not played at all this spring as he has been dealing with shoulder and pectoral pain. This would, it seems, explain that pain.

Judge, who won the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year award, was limited to 112 games in 2018 because of a broken right wrist and 102 games last year because of a strained left oblique. He now seems destined for another truncated season. In this he joins Giancarlo Stanton, who at the moment seems unlikely to be ready for the start of the season, Luis Severino, who will miss the while year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, James Paxton, who will miss at least a half-season due to injury, and Domingo Germán, out half the season due to his domestic violence suspension.

The 2019 Yankees made it through injury after injury and still won 103 games and the AL East title. It was seen as an amazing feat. They will have to do the amazing once again.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).