New York Yankees star Aaron Judge is likely to head to the injured list after injuring his left oblique while taking a swing during the Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals, manager Aaron Boone said.
Judge gingerly made his way to first base After hitting a single in the sixth inning of a 9-2 victory against the Royals.
|Opening Day lineup||Current status|
|CF Brett Gardner||Healthy|
|RF Aaron Judge||Getting MRI|
|LF Giancarlo Stanton||IL (biceps)|
|DH Luke Voit||Healthy|
|3B Miguel Andújar||IL (shoulder)|
|C Gary Sánchez||IL (calf)|
|2B Gleyber Torres||Healthy|
|SS Troy Tulowitzki||IL (calf)|
|>> Left with oblique injury Saturday|
Trainer Steve Donahue came from The dugout to check is Judge, who then immediately left the game and was taken to the New York Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation and MRI.
Asked after the game, if there was any way Judge could avoid going to the injured list, Yankees manager Aaron Boone simply said: "Probably not. No."
The All-Star Slugger was already homerized in the first for a New York team already missing a dozen players because of injuries. The right fielder, who has played in every game this season, is batting .288 and has five home runs and 11 RBIs.
"It's Aaron Judge. He's one of the great players in the game," Boone said. 19659002] Judge suffered a Chip fracture in his wrist after being hit by a pitch the last time the Royals played a series at Yankee Stadium last July.
New York entered the game with 12 players on the injured list, including Giancarlo Stanton (strained left biceps), Luis Severino (right rotator cuff inflammation), Gary Sanchez (strained left calf) and Aaron Hicks (lower back strain).
Of their injured players only Sanchez seems to be close to returning. Boone said the catcher could return from a strained left calf Wednesday in Anaheim against the Angels, if there is no problem in a minor league rehab game on Monday.
Associated Press contributed to this report.