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)

Aaron Judge, known for his towering home runs and impact both offensively and defensively, plays a central role in the New York Yankees’ success. Since debuting in 2016, the slugger has scaled new heights each year whilst setting up historic records along the way. And the captaincy only added to his existing responsibility.

The 2023 season was a perfect testament to how Aaron Judge’s presence is of utmost importance to the New York Yankees’ success. The slugger got injured and ended up missing over two months, which completely diminished the team’s playoff hopes. Now, with the 2024 season on the horizon, Yankee GM Brian Cashman shared a crucial injury update on Judge.


Aaron Judge Way Past Toe Injury Setback, Reveals Brian Cashman!

Aaron Judge
Judge circles the bases after a home run against the Dodgers. Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire/AP

The New York Yankees suffered a massive blow mid-season in 2023 when captain Aaron Judge tore the ligament of his right foot toe. While attempting a play, Judge crashed into the Dodgers stadium gate and hit his toe on the unattended concrete slab. The impact tore the ligament tissue of the toe, which forced the slugger to the IL for an extended period. Eventually, the captain ended up missing over six weeks before returning to a compromised state. During his absence, the team’s form plummeted as significantly as its playoff hopes. While Judge returned half healthy in August, the ship had sunk already.

Having said that, at the end of the season, Aaron Judge said that an off-season surgery cannot be ruled out to ensure a quick return. However, the slugger seemed to have dodged the bullet. General manager Brian Cashman recently confirmed that Aaron Judge’s injury is a “resolved issue.” The slugger is way past that setback and will return in due time for the 2024 season spring training. It’s a major boost to the Yankees’ 2024 season campaign. With Juan Soto in the fold, the Yankee hitting lineup is stronger than ever. With Judge, the duo can wreak havoc amongst the opposition pitchers. Ultimately, the injury update sets the stage for a season of anticipation, resilience, and the hope that Judge’s health will be a contributing factor in the team’s quest for glory.

Yankees Reunite With Non-Tendered Players!

Billy McKinney
Almost seven years after he was acquired by the Yankees from the Cubs, McKinney made his pinstripe debut, homering and tripling in a doubleheader against the White Sox.AP

Whilst seeking outside help, the New York Yankees are also reuniting with a couple of familiar faces. In a recent development, the team announced a reunion with outfielder Billy Mckinney and pitcher Anthony Misiewicz. The duo were released last month at the non-tender deadline. Having said that, after a couple of weeks’ time, Billy and Anthony resigned from the team on minor-league contracts. Yet, the job is far from done with respect to off-season player acquisition.

The Yankees need pitching reinforcements desperately. To land Juan Soto, Cashman shipped off three ready pitchers, including Michael King. Thus, replacements are the need of the hour. Having said that, the Yankee leadership is aware of the setback and is taking adequate measures to address it. Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Jordan Hicks, Jordan Montgomery, and Frankie Montas are amongst the pitchers on the team’s off-season target list.