What started as a great night for Yankee fans has turned bad rather quickly.
Aaron Judge left Thursday night's game against the Royals after being hit with a pitch on his right wrist. While initial tests were inconclusive, Judge was sent to the hospital for an MRI, which revealed a chip fracture at the point of impact.
The injury, while somewhat severe, will only cost Judge around three weeks of game action. The good news is that the Yankees slugger won't need surgery.
Tonight OF Aaron Judge sustained a chip fracture of the right wrist (ulnar styloid bone). No surgery has been recommended. The Yankees approximate a 3-week time period before Judge can swing a bat in a game situation.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 27, 2018
In the meantime, the Yankees will place Judge on the disabled list and rely on the likes of Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner in the outfield. New York will make a corresponding roster move that will address the lack of depth at the position, as well.
On the same night New York made up some ground in the AL East thanks to a rare Boston defeat, they're dealt a major blow, at least in the interim. Judge's long-term health as the Yankees prepare for a playoff push is vital to the team's success, obviously.
Aaron Judge will likely miss 3 weeks with a chip fracture in right wrist after being hit by pitch pic.twitter.com/PTVUGVNmD7— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 27, 2018
Expect Aaron Boone and the Bronx Bombers to be cautious with Judge in his recovery. While keeping the division race close is important, they still hold a monumental lead in the Wild Card standings.