While the Yankees have been vague about Aaron Judge’s injury and timetable to return, the star revealed he tore a ligament in his toe.
When Aaron Judge ran into the Dodger’s bullpen fence, it felt like he might miss a game or two with bruising. The Yankees certainly didn’t prepare fans for the prospect of losing the outfielder for three weeks and more.
Maybe they could and should have.
Throughout Judge’s absence, the team has played coy about the extent of the injury or how long he might be missing. They indicated he had a sprain but the swelling was coming down and talked in “days.”
Well it turns out the injury was a whole lot worse than anyone has let on up until now.
On Saturday, Judge himself revealed that he tore a ligament in his right toe. He still has pain while walking three weeks later.
Aaron Judge injury update: Yankees star suffered torn ligament in toe
It’s not clear what the torn ligament means for Judge’s timeline, which the Yankees have been loathe to provide clarity on.
Manager Aaron Boone told reporters he expects Judge to return at some point this season, but wouldn’t guarantee it, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
On one hand, Yankees fans can take heart that Judge isn’t being ruled out for any period of time. But the vagueness of it all doesn’t inspire much confidence, especially when the team is having such a miserable June without their star.
Sans Judge, New York is 6-10 with the team averaging .196/.258/.345.
The sooner Judge can come back the better, but it certainly sounds like the Yankees are going to have to bunker down and figure out how to get the offense going without him. No one seems to know when he’ll be back, not even the Yankees.