The Yankees have been hammered this season with injuries, and can't seem to catch a break. The list of their injured players would make one of the top teams in the MLB.
Their latest loss is power-hitting outfielder Aaron Judge, and after the official update the morning after his injury, it doesn't look like he'll be coming back anytime soon.
Boone calls it a “pretty significant strain” of Judge’s oblique. Does not give timeline. But it will be a long time #Yankees— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) April 21, 2019
Judge hurt his oblique on Saturday against the Royals, and will become the newest addition to the IL list, which has now tallied 13 players, many of them significant starters. 66% of the Yankees' WAR from last season is currently on the shelf.
The Yankees have started the season at 10-10 and will need to fight to stay alive as their players recover. All Judge has is a strain, of course, but when a team calls it "significant," you know we're speaking about months rather than weeks.
The Yankees lineup looks like a joke, but they'll have to keep going with what they got. Luckily, things could get (marginally) better soon, though everything feels slightly hollow without their de facto captain. Gary Sanchez is set to return Wednesday in LA, and Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks are being somewhat fast-tracked into rehab assignments of their own.
Can't tread water anymore when those two get back. Have to dominate for their leader.