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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Yankees’ Aaron Judge Turned 28; What is New York’s Slugger on Pace For?

Remember when Aaron Judge made his Major League debut?

At the time, Judge was a top prospect that looked like he belonged on a football field or a basketball court. He homered in his first big-league at-bat, but went on to hit just .179 in 27 games played during his first taste of the Majors. Then, he was just 24-year-old.

On Sunday, the slugger turned 28.

In the last three-plus years since he first donned pinstripes, Judge has ascended to celebrity in the Big Apple both on and off the field. He’s the face of a franchise loaded with talent and a leader in the clubhouse drawing comparisons to Derek Jeter. Not only that, when he’s able to stay healthy, he’s one of the game’s best.


QLE Posted: April 28, 2020 at 01:01 AM | 57 comment(s)
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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Yankees’ Judge still hasn’t resumed baseball activities

NEW YORK (AP) — Injured New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge still has not resumed baseball activities.

Judge did not play in any spring training games because of discomfort in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder that he felt when swinging. The Yankees said March 6 that the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year had a stress fracture to his first right rib, an injury likely dating from a diving catch late last season.

“Aaron is still in the healing phase of that that rib bone, and I think he’ll be reevaluated again in a few weeks as far as re-imaging that to see if there’s the continued healing with that rib,” manager Aaron Boone said during a conference call Wednesday. “He’s been able to work out doing a lot of lower body stuff, is able to do some some upper body stuff, some overhead things.”

Judge revealed last week he also had a collapsed lung and said he has recovered from that. Boone said that injury likely occurred during the diving catch but “it’s probably something that it’s impossible to know for sure.”

Mind you, would you have done so, under these circumstances?


QLE Posted: March 26, 2020 at 01:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Yankees’ Aaron Judge says fractured rib is healing as expected, reveals collapsed lung diagnosis

Major League Baseball, like many sports leagues around the world, has been shut down indefinitely because of the growing threat that is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Spring training has been suspended and Opening Day has been pushed back to at least mid-May, and that remains subject to change as the situation develops.

The shutdown will have a tangible on-field impact on the game and the New York Yankees may feel that impact more than most. The shutdown means their injured players may be ready to play when the season begins. Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, James Paxton, Luis Severino, and Giancarlo Stanton are all working their way back from injuries.

Judge was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his top right rib two weeks ago—he suffered the injury last September and was having shoulder and pectoral issues in spring training—and, on Friday, he had his two-week checkup. He told the Associated Press the bone is healing as expected, and he revealed another injury: a collapsed lung. For real.


QLE Posted: March 21, 2020 at 12:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Friday, March 06, 2020

Yankees’ Aaron Judge provides injury update | What’s new? What’s next?

TAMPA — Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is more optimistic that he’ll be healthy and ready to play Opening Day than his general manager.

“Still got plenty of time,” Judge told reporters in the clubhouse at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Thursday morning. His team was set to travel to Lakeland to face the Tigers in the afternoon.

On Tuesday, GM Brian Cashman said he thought it was “more likely than not” that the 27-year-old slugger wouldn’t be ready for the March 26 season opener in Baltimore.

Judge hasn’t played in a spring training game yet, complaining of soreness in his right shoulder and right pectoral muscle. He hasn’t taken on-field batting practice with the team yet. Yankees position players reported to spring training Feb. 16.

Given his recent track record, this seems peculiar, but, then again, hope springs eternal…..


QLE Posted: March 06, 2020 at 12:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
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Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Judge, Stanton likely to miss Opening Day

Well, it looks like this is becoming an annual tradition among the Yankees:

TAMPA, Fla.—The Yankees will be without two of their most prominent sluggers to begin the season. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are both considered unlikely to appear in the Yankees’ Opening Day lineup, general manager Brian Cashman said on Tuesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Judge is continuing to undergo a battery of tests to determine the cause of the discomfort in his right pectoral muscle, and though Cashman said that Judge has been responding well to treatment over the last 48 hours, there has been no diagnosis or set date for him to resume on-field activities. The Yankees are scheduled to open the regular season on March 26 at Baltimore.

“I don’t see him ready by Opening Day because of the time frame,” Cashman said. “It’s 3 1/2 weeks, and just then the healing and then having to have a Spring Training.”

Stanton is recovering from a Grade 1 right calf strain sustained while performing defensive drills on Feb. 25. Cashman said that he believes Stanton will be ready to play sometime in April, setting the recovery time at four to six weeks from the date of injury.


QLE Posted: March 04, 2020 at 12:42 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, giancarlo stanton, injuries, opening day, yankees

Sunday, March 01, 2020

Aaron Judge dealing with pectoral discomfort, will undergo further tests Monday

The Yankees have already lost frontline starting pitcher Luis Severino for the season and slugger Giancarlo Stanton might not be ready to start the season. Now there’s news that fellow slugger Aaron Judge is dealing with an injury as well.

Judge has felt some pain under his right pectoral muscle, per manager Aaron Boone (via Brandon Kuty). Judge has had an MRI that came back negative but he’s going to have another one on Monday (via Erik Boland). There’s discomfort when Judge swings a bat, per reports.

Judge, 27, hit .272/.381/.540 (143 OPS+) last season with 27 homers and 55 RBI, amassing 5.4 WAR. He only played in 102 games as he injured his oblique muscle early in the season that caused him to miss several weeks. He was held to 112 games in 2018 after breaking his wrist, too.

So, is this the round where history repeats itself as farce?


QLE Posted: March 01, 2020 at 12:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge are both getting 1000% raises for next year

Friday marked another key date on the Major League Baseball offseason calendar. It’s the final day in which players and teams can exchange figures in their on-going arbitration negotiations.

It’s not a hard deadline for an agreement to be reached, but for a lot of players it means the first truly big payday of their baseball careers. Among those players this year are sluggers Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees.

The respective 2017 Rookie of the Year winners were arbitration eligible for the first time this winter, and both ended up receiving a raise of over 1000% from their 2019 salaries.

In Bellinger’s case, he agreed to a $11.5 million salary, which breaks the record for a first-time eligible player.

For those curious about how the arbitration process is working this off-season…..



QLE Posted: January 11, 2020 at 12:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, arbitration, cody bellinger




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