July 18, 2024

Aaron Judge’s ‘Sore’ Admission After HR in Return to Yankees Lineup

Injury? What injury? Just a few days ago, New York Yankees fans were alarmed when star outfielder Aaron Judge was hit in the hand by a stray pitch. With news of Mookie Betts’ hand injury sidelining him for 6-8 weeks, fans were understandably concerned about Judge’s availability. Fortunately, Yankees manager Aaron Boone suggested after the game that Judge might not miss any time, as initial tests were negative. Although Judge missed one game, he made a quick return to the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. In his second at-bat, Judge hit a two-run home run.

Yankees' Aaron Judge hitting a home run

When asked about his hand after the game, Judge admitted it was still a bit sore but otherwise fine. “It felt good,” Judge said. “There’s still some swelling, some soreness, especially on foul balls, but if you hit it right, it feels pretty good.”

Unfortunately, the Yankees had a rough game overall, losing to the Orioles 17-1. This loss reduced New York’s lead in the AL East to just half a game.

For Judge, it’s fortunate that he only missed one game. In a similar incident in 2018, Judge was hit in the hand by a pitch and missed 45 games due to a broken wrist.

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