Sunday, 11:01am ET: As expected, Judge has been placed on the 10-day injured list, the Yankees announced. Aaron Boone called it a “pretty significant” strain and did not have a timetable for Judge’s return. Thairo Estrada was called up to fill the roster spot for the time being. The Yankees now have 13 players on the injured list.
Saturday, 4:34pm ET: Judge has a left oblique issue and is heading for an MRI, the Yankees announced. “Probably not, no” Aaron Boone said when asked whether Judge might be able to avoid the injured list.
3:17pm ET: Well this is potentially terrible. Aaron Judge exited this afternoon’s game with an apparent injury after a single to right field in the sixth inning. Replays showed him grabbing at his left side, which is a pretty good indication it’s his oblique, but we’ll see. He did not appear to lobby to stay in.
Here’s video of the injury:
The Yankees do not have any 40-man roster outfielders in Triple-A Scranton. They’re all in the big leagues already. Trey Amburgey, Billy Burns, and Zack Zehner are the healthy actual outfielders with the RailRiders right now. First baseman Ryan McBroom can play some outfield as well.
Gary Sanchez is expected back next week and Giancarlo Stanton maybe not too long after that. The Yankees will probably have to roll with a Clint Frazier-Brett Gardner-Mike Tauchman outfield until Stanton (or Judge) returns, with Mike Ford at DH. Yeesh.
The Yankees have not yet released an update on Judge — the injury just happened a few minutes ago — and, if it is indeed his oblique, he’s likely heading for an MRI and whatnot. Could be a little while before we get definitive word about anything. Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned.