Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge underwent testing this morning to examine his right shoulder, reports Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network. Manager Aaron Boone told reporters including Erik Boland of Newsday that all those tests—including an MRI—have come back negative thus far, but Judge will noentheless undergo further testing on Monday.
As of now, there’s still no timetable for when Judge might appear in his first Spring Training game, but Boone remains optimistic that his start right fielder will be ready for Opening Day.
Judge reportedly felt discomfort under his right pec while swinging this morning. The 27-year-old hasn’t taken batting practice on the field yet this spring, with the injury restricting him to taking swings in indoor cages. On Thursday, we heard that Judge would be out another week while recovering from the shoulder soreness.
The Yankees’ battles against injuries have been well-documented, and this spring has largely been a continuation of a 2019 season that was played shorthanded. If Judge’s shoulder issues turn out to be something serious, he would be the fifth core Yankee to hit the shelf with a significant ailment, joining outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks and pitchers Luis Severino and James Paxton.
Judge personally has had his own struggles with health, missing a significant portion of each of the last two seasons due to oblique and wrist injuries. After his historic rookie campaign in 2017, we’ve yet to see a full year of Judge, who’s in the inner circle of baseball’s best players when he’s on the field. Here’s hoping that 2020 is the year Judge gets a full year of action.