Every Yankees fan's heart skipped a beat when Aaron Judge was removed from Saturday's 9-2 drubbing of the Kansas City Royals following an oblique injury. While most initially believed that he got hurt on his sixth-inning single when he came up lame rounding first base, Judge might have actually injured himself when he hit a homer run in the first inning.
You can actually see Judge grimace as he rounded second on his home run trot. Wonder if he hurt it on that swing and tried to play through it? pic.twitter.com/4xdFAN9ton— Eric Hubbs (@BarstoolHubbs) April 20, 2019
He's clearly grimacing. If the Yankees kept forcing him to play when practically every Yankee with any big league experience is going on the IL, thats's a major issue.
Whether Judge sustained a new injury or re-aggravated an old one, it seems like a certainty that No. 99 is heading for an IL stint, with minor league infielder Thairo Estrada set to replace him on the MLB roster.
Is there any chance that Aaron Judge avoids the injured list?— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 20, 2019
“Probably not, no.” - Aaron Boone
The Yankees might have coasted to an easy W over a rebuilding Kansas City team, but they came away from this game as the big losers following Judge's injury.