NEW YORK – (AP) – Two days after the New York Yankees said Aaron Judge could possibly return to baseball action this weekend, the slugger said he has a torn ligament in his right big toe and will be absolutely fine. Not ready.
Judge suffered the injury on June 3 when he collided with the right field wall at Dodger Stadium while making a catch on JD Martinez. This injury, which is unusual for a baseball player, makes it difficult for judges to predict his progress.
“I don’t think a lot of people have torn ligaments in their toes,” Judge said before Saturday’s game against Texas. “If it was a quad, we would have a better answer. If it’s an oblique or a hamstring, we’ve got deadlines for it. How unique this injury is and it’s my back leg that I push off and run from, it’s a tough spot.”
Judge did rehabilitation work in a pool on Wednesday and is hoping to make progress in throwing and light hitting. Manager Aaron Boone had said that the slugger could begin those activities by the end of the weekend.
Judge said, “It’s something I mentioned to the training staff: I want to test it a little bit.” “Maybe play catch, maybe take some dry swing. I just see where it is.
“I really wouldn’t say it’s me running down the field or doing a lot of baseball activities. It’s more passive for me to say, `We’ve done a lot of work here. We are making some great progress. Let’s test what I am really going to do on the field.
The Yankees have given no indication of when Judge might return.
“I’m not giving you a deadline,” the judge said. “There’s no need. I just have to get better and then I’ll get there.”
Judge set an American League record the previous year with 62 home runs. 291 with 19 homers and 40 RBI in the first season of the $360 million nine-year contract he agreed to during the offseason.
New York has gone 10-16 on Judge’s injury list this season and 6-10 since the AL MVP was injured. New York was 31-19 with Judge, who missed 10 games earlier this season because of a right hip strain.
“He’s out now,” Boone said. “So obviously trying to get him back as quickly as possible, but whether we have a set day when he’ll be back, the reality is we’re without him right now and we’ve got to find a way to make it happen.” to do.”
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