On Thursday, the New York Yankees begin a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox in unfriendly territory. They’ll be without Aaron Judge, their best hitter and team leader. While appearing on The Michael Kay Show with Aaron Boone, Aaron mentioned that Judge was suffering from “some kind of lower-body discomfort thing.”
Yankees general manager Brian Boone revealed that Judge was out of Thursday’s game against the Red Sox because of an injury that “the Yankees will not toy with,” which led to the decision to leave him out of the starting lineup.
"He's just been dealing with some kind of lower body soreness thing . . . just something we're not going to mess with" – Aaron Boone on why Judge is out of the lineup tonight
— The Michael Kay Show (@TMKSESPN) July 7, 2022
That’s bad news for Yankees fans, but there’s hope that it’s simply a hiccup for the league’s home run king. Boone said that Judge might be used as a pinch hitter if necessary on Thursday night.
A 16-0 thrashing of the Pittsburgh Pirates by the New York Yankees is in the rearview mirror for the Yankees. In this game, Aaron Judge hit a game-winning home run for the Yankees, but he won’t be able to rely on his usual power in the first of a four-game series against the Red Sox.
A judge has been cutting this season. 287/.366/.627 with 30 homers, 64 RBI, and 65 runs scored. He and Shohei Ohtani are competing for the American League MVP title so far this year.
First at Fenway. #RepBX
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 7, 2022
Yankees are hoping to have injured outfielder Aaron Judge back in time to play in the final three games of their series against Boston.
Aaron Hicks will replace him in center field, while Joey Gallo will play in right field for the remainder of the season. Matt Carpenter will serve as the team’s designated hitter and will partner with Giancarlo Stanton in left field.
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