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)

New York Yankees captain, Aaron Judge, is having a hard time dealing with injuries this season. He sat out for 10 days in the month of May due to a low-grade hip injury. Just when the team was back on track post his return, the captain suffered another massive setback. Last week, Judge crashed into the fence at the Dodgers stadium, which injured his toe pretty badly.

Accordingly, the Yankees placed Aaron Judge on a 10-day IL. However, the 10-day timeline means nothing, as the team remains clueless about the future course of action. The Bomber’s medical team is still assessing the severity of the injury and has no return timeline at their helm. Meanwhile, as the Yankees’ offense continued to struggle, the manager finally came up with a positive update.


Aaron Judge Made Minor Progress As The Swelling On Toe Reduced Significantly, Confirms Manager

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

The New York Yankees fans’ world turned upside down last week when the team announced its captain’s IL stint. Aaron Judge is the pillar of the team’s offensive lineup, and in his absence, the offense has a tendency to crumble. As a result, the fans desperately await the captain’s return. However, they were met with disappointment as the Bombers’ front office went on complete radio silence post announcing the IL stint. The manager, Aaron Boone, said that they do have a return timeline in place as Judge’s toe has developed significant swelling, which is making it difficult to conduct a thorough examination.

Meanwhile, Aaron Boone has finally broken his silence and issued a fresh update on the captain’s injury. He said that the swelling on the injured toe had reduced significantly over the weekend, which is positive progress. Yet, the Yankees medical team is still waiting for the swelling to reduce completely so that they can determine the severity of the latest injury. Once that assessment takes place, the Bombers can contemplate a return timeline. Hence, while Aaron Judge is eligible to resume playing this week, it could still be several weeks before the slugger can actually take the field. Overall, the painful waiting game to continue for at least 2-3 weeks from now.

Yankees Terribly Miss Their Captain’s Services

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Aaron Judge in the dugout during the Yankees’ game against the Red Sox on June 10, 2023. Robert Sabo for the NY Post

The Yankee’s worst nightmare has come true as their captain, Aaron Judge, landed on IL last week and has zero clue about his return date. His teammates, on the other hand, miss him terribly. Isiah Kiner-Falefa, the utility player, said they miss Judge and have to find new ways to win in his absence. While one anonymous teammate also wished that maybe the outfielder should not have caught the ball. Regardless, the reality is dreadful for the Yankees, who have made the terrible mistake of being overly dependent on their captain.

The mistake cost them a series against the White Sox and arch-rivals Red Sox. In both series, where Aaron Judge was absent, the Yankees’ offense collapsed. While the pitchers put their best foot forward, the batters looked like they had forgotten how to bat. The situation is that bad in the Yankee clubhouse. The Yankees front office must address this issue and approach the next couple of series with caution, or they could tumble further down in the East table.