Aaron Judge

Akshita Patel

Captain Aaron Judge On Long IL Run After Hurting Toe! Not In The Lineup Against White Sox

Aaron Judge, the New York Yankees’ newly minted captain, is known for his extraordinary athletic body. The giant beast is 6-foot-7 tall, good enough to excel on a basketball court. However, the former chose the field of baseball to make a name for himself. Since bursting into the scene in 2017, the slugger has scaled new career heights with each passing season.

Just last year, he scored 62 home runs to break the all-time high record. Not only that, Judge’s excellent defense in the outfield makes him a complete player. Recently, Aaron Judge displayed a glimpse of his athleticism in the outfield by attempting a dangerous play. Not only did he commit to the play, but he also completed it even after crashing into a fence. Many fans believe that it could surely be the catch of the year for the 2023 MLB season. However, there is a catch.


Aaron Judge Crashes Into Bullpen Results In Unexpected Injury

Aaron Judge
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) catches a fly ball by Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) in the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Last week, the New York Yankees faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-game series. After losing the opening game, the Yankees arrived on Saturday to participate in a do-or-die game. Meanwhile, during the eighth inning, Dodgers’ J. D. Martinez slammed a hit to the right field. Judge, the regular right fielder, was way too far away from the hit. Still, the captain managed to cover 79 feet distance in 4.7 seconds to attempt the dangerous play. Judge grabbed the catch, but his momentum pushed him into the fence, which broke the door open upon contact. Luckily, the captain avoided a fall.

However, he did stumble a few steps, due to which his toe sustained a minor injury. The Yankees medical team rushed for treatment and even mulled an ejection. However, they let Aaron Judge resume upon the slugger’s request. While Judge did not face any issues for the rest of the game, the Bombers had him sit out for the series finale as a precautionary measure. The toe had developed some swelling which needed time to heal. On the other hand, Judge’s catch cannot be ruled as the catch of the year as the umpires ruled out the play. Yes, the slugger did grab the catch cleanly, but while throwing it back to the field, his one leg stayed beyond the fence boundaries. Hence, technically, it was not a catch. Regardless, Judge earned the respect of baseball fans for his sheer commitment to the sport.

Yankees Captain Sitting Out Against White Sox

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge, center right, is checked out after catching a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ J.D. Martinez during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, June 3, 2023. Ashley Landis – staff, AP

Last week, Aaron Judge’s sensational catch against the Dodgers garnered a lot of attention. Fans and analysts hailed him for his effort. However, the play did not end well for the slugger. The crash into the fence injured his toe, for which he is advised to undergo MRI and X-Ray scans. The results of those scans will determine whether the captain needs a possible stint on IL. As of now, the Yankees are dealing with it as a day-to-day issue. However, as per the manager Aaron Boone, Judge has been kept out of today’s lineup in the first game against White Sox. Moreover, the team will get a diagnosis later today that determines whether or not he’s headed to the injured list.

Speaking of the injury status, Aaron Judge said he has never suffered a toe injury in his career. Hence, he does not know the severity of it. However, the slugger did mention that he had developed some swelling which could be healed in a couple of days. Still, if the Yankees suggest an IL stint, he would not protest. We should have an official update in the next 24-28 hours.