The slugging outfielder was forced to leave Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Royals after suffering an oblique injury. Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Sunday that Judge suffered a “pretty significant strain.”
Judge suffered the injury on his sixth-inning single. He was clearly in pain as he ran down the first-base line.
He was immediately tended to by the Yankees athletic trainer and almost as quickly was removed from the game.
New York officially added Judge to the 10-day injury list ahead of Sunday’s finale against the Royals.
Earlier in the game, Judge slugged his fifth home run of the season.
The list of injured Yankees is extensive. The team is already without ace Luis Severino, reliever Dellin Betances and a whole lineup worth of key hitters. That includes Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sánchez, Miguel Andújar, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Aaron Hicks and Troy Tulowitzki.
The good news is the Yankees are on track to get Sanchez back this week, but needless to say, they’ll will miss Judge for as long as he’s sidelined.