Aaron Judge is going to the Injured List with a mild calf strain. It’s retroactive to August 12, which means the big fella could come back as early as next Saturday (8/22). Remember, Judge left Tuesday’s game with what was then described as “lower body tightness.” He did not play on Wednesday. Turns out that he got an MRI yesterday, and that revealed the strain:
If that is true – and it’s a big if at this point – then it’s good news. A Grade 1 calf strain is ultimately not that big of a deal, and it sure seems like the Yankees just want to prevent it from getting worse by Judge playing through it. (It seems like he wants to.) Obviously, the Yankees are in good shape for the playoffs. Being healthy then is really the key priority. It’s good to be proactive and take even minor things seriously.
On the other hand, this is yet another injury for the Yankees’ best player, and I think it’s more than fine to be frustrated by this development. It is also another soft tissue injury for the Yankees. I would list them all out but: 1) it would be too annoying and 2) it would definitely take too long to do. The point is that this is happening with way too much frequency. (And that’s if it’s really a small injury. The track record here is not exactly sterling.) Anyway, it’s more of the same for the Yankees in 2020:
In terms of on-field impact, it’s a huge blow. Judge is absolutely raking. He’s hitting .290/.343/.758 (192 wRC+) in 17 games so far in 2020. He was looking every bit like the MVP-caliber player he is, and his loss is a big one for the Yankees. I mean, this was his last at-bat:
Thairo Estrada is being recalled from the Alternate Site and will replace Judge on the roster. Let’s hope this is a minor thing and Judge is back in action soon. Ugh.