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Akshita Patel

Aaron Judge Narrowly Escapes IL Stint After Sustaining Hip Injury, Likely To Return Against Guardians

Aaron Judge, the New York Yankees star slugger and captain, remains the key piece that holds the team’s offense together. In a pursuit to recreate the record-breaking 2022 season, the slugger has hit .261 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in the 2023 MLB season. However, his commanding stint with the bat came to an unfortunate end last week.

Judge faced an injury concern while diving to steal a base against the Minnesota Twins. He resumed that particular game shortly after, but the issue aggravated overnight. During the following day’s game against the Texas Rangers, the slugger complained of hip discomfort and was subsequently removed mid-game. Moreover, the Yankees did not issue any official statement regarding the injury’s future course of action as they awaited the MRI results.


Aaron Judge To Stay Put From IL For Now, Could Return This Week

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Aaron Judge appeared to hurt his hand on this slide but stayed in to finish the game vs. the Twins on Wednesday. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con

The New York Yankees termed Aaron Judge’s hip injury as a day-to-day issue and refused to put a timeline to it. The skipper, Aaron Boone, said they had asked the slugger to undergo an MRI test and they would take a final call on the slugger’s future on Monday once the test results are out. Moreover, the front office also added outfielder Jake Bauers from the taxi squad to the main roster, further adding fuel to speculations that Judge may be heading towards a stint on IL.

However, the Yankees have chosen otherwise for the time being. Aaron Boone issued an official word and said Aaron Judge has already started to feel a lot better in the few days. Hence, he would not spend time on IL for now. The team will monitor his status on a day-to-day basis. Not only that, in a perfect world, Boone said Judge could return to the lineup this week against the Cleveland Guardians. If Aaron Judge is able to return to the lineup this weekend, it would be a huge boost for the Yankees, who are currently in last place in the AL-East table with a record of 15-14. The team has struggled to find consistency this season, and injuries have played a significant role in their struggles.

Jake Bauers Injure Himself Moments After His Major League Debut

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Jake Bauers slowly walks off the field with Aaron Boone after suffering an injury when he made a diving catch during the first inning of the Yankees-Rangers game. Getty Images

Aaron Judge, the Yankees slugger, was diagnosed with a mild hip strain and has now missed three straight games in a row. In the wake of the injury, the Yankees added outfielder Jake Bauers to the main lineup and immediately handed him the debut cap. However, the debut lasted for just a few minutes, as a blinder effort in the field caused a contusion on the right knee. Jake chased a flyball in the left field, ran backward, and took a spectacular catch. However, in the process, he crashed into the left field and fell on the floor, whimpering in pain.

Later, he made his way out of the field on his feet but looked visibly in discomfort. The Yankees then sent him for an MRI test, which came back positive. Internally, his knee suffered no damage. However, there’s still some swelling around the hit area which should likely die down in a couple of games. Hence, Jake, too, will avoid an IL stint for now, and the Yankees will take a final call on his future on Monday as well.