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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.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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