When the Yankees announced Aaron Judge left Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers with an oblique strain, the team was sure Judge was going to be out for quite some time.
Now it’s almost a given that Judge is going to miss the remainder of the year as he undergoes an MRI on Wednesday afternoon.
“This is the first time I’ve dealt with something like this,” Judge said after the Yankees defeated the Dodgers 3-0 on Tuesday night. “It’s tough. No one wants to deal with an injury. … Especially right now. We’re in a race.”
Judge hit four home runs since his call-up on August 13, but he struck out 42 times in his 84 at-bats. Judge’s injury also leaves manager Joe Girardi with a tough predicament; Girardi will now have a difficult time giving veteran outfielders’ Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury days off going down the stretch.
In the meantime, the Yankees announced Rob Refsnyder will be the Yankees right fielder for the remainder of the season, and to add a bench player to the roster, the team has called up Mason Williams from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.