NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One of the baby Bombers may not be back for quite some time.
According to WFAN’s Sweeny Murti, Aaron Judge is likely out for the rest of the season after suffering an oblique strain during the Yankees’ 3-0 win over the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.
The 24-year-old rookie outfielder fouled off a pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning and was seen wincing. He was attended to by the Yankees’ training staff, but stayed in the game. However, he did not return to the field for the start of the next half inning.
The Yankees later announced the injury and said Judge would undergo an MRI on Wednesday. General manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday afternoon he was still awaiting the test results but that he doesn’t expect Judge to return to the field this season.
Outfielder Mason Williams was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Judge’s spot on the roster.
Judge, one of the crown jewels of the Yankees’ farm system prior to being called up to the big club in mid-August, had his moments during his first stint in the majors, hitting four home runs, including a monster blast into the left-field bleachers on Monday night. However, the 6-foot-7, 275-pounder showed overall that he still has a lot to adjust to at the Major League level. He left Tuesday’s game batting just .179 with 10 RBI and 42 strikeouts in 84 at-bats.
Williams was batting .296 with 23 RBI in 31 games at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to being called up.
The Yankees (77-67) enter play Wednesday winners of eight of their last 10 games and have moved within two games of a wild card spot and four of first place in the AL East.