The New York Yankees recently visited the west coast for a six-game trip. They managed to win four out of the six and strengthened their position in the American League East table. However, those wins came at a high cost. While the team welcomed Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle back into the lineup, they lost Greg Allen, Ryan Weber, and Harrison Bader to injuries.
On top of that, another key piece of the Yankees lineup might be headed to IL shortly. The captain, Aaron Judge, suffered a fall against the Dodgers on Saturday and sustained a toe injury which now hinders his future participation in the league. Judge had already been on IL once, and just a few weeks into a comeback, the slugger faced another imminent threat.
Aaron Judge Most Likely Headed To IL Due To Latest Toe Injury
New York Yankees’ offense came to a standstill during the early days of May after they lost their captain and lead slugger, Aaron Judge to IL. Judge suffered a hip injury which took two weeks to recover. However, once the slugger was reinstated, there was no looking back. The Yankees offense witnessed a sudden resurgence, and the team climbed their way back to the top. Well, the short-term euphoria did not age too well, either. Recently, Judge suffered yet another injury scare which might force a second IL stint of the season for the captain.
Facing the Dodgers on Saturday, Aaron Judge chose to display a high level of athleticism on the field. He ran backward for a catch and completed the play. However, in the process, the slugger crashed into the right field, which broke the bullpen door open. Judge stumbled into it but fortunately avoided a hard fall. However, the mini stumble hurt his right leg toe, which later gained some swelling. Hence, the team pulled him out for the series finale on Sunday. As of now, the Yankees are treating it as a day-to-day issue. The slugger will undergo scans which will determine if he needs an IL stint or not. Meanwhile, Aaron Judge refused to comment on it as he himself is being kept in the dark about the extent of the injury. Regardless, the next 48 hours remain highly crucial for the Yankees.
Yankees Dominate Their First West Coast Trip Of The Season
The New York Yankees jetted off to West Cost last week for a six-game road trip. First, they made a stop in Seattle to face the Mariners. A weak defensive lineup of the hosts allowed the Bombers to unleash offensive carnage. Aaron Judge again led the lineup with a multi-homer game. In the end, the visitors sealed the series 2-1. Next up was Los Angeles Dodgers. Just ahead of the series, the Yankees received a major boost as they welcomed the trio of Stanton, Donaldson, and Kahnle back to the lineup.
Certainly, the arrival of the regular giants lifted the Yankees’ offense to a great extent. Even in the absence of their leader, Aaron Judge, the Yankees sealed the series with absolute grit and determination. The Dodgers possessed a serious threat in the opening game with their offensive strength. However, the Bronx Bombers had the last laugh as they gave away only one run in the series finale. Overall, it proved to be a good road trip, and now, the Bombers will move back home to host the Chicago White Sox from today onwards.