Aaron Judge attempted to steal third early in the New York Yankees’ game against the Minnesota Twins. He came up short and they pulled him out, but the most pressing fact was that he climbed up hand in hand and immediately entered the tunnel.
Judge has had injury concerns before, missing many games in 2018 and 2019 due to various issues. This sent the Yankees fan base, which has watched his team limp to a 13-11 record, into a panic.
Since Judge was the designated hitter, he did not have to take the field and eventually returned to the dugout and even took another at-bat, drew a walk, and ultimately scored. His fourth at-bat also resulted in a single.
Judge hasn’t been as good as last year, posting a paltry (by his standards) 141 wRC+. Still, the Yankees have had very little offensive production, except for an 11-run outburst in four innings on Wednesday.
Judge knows the offense is struggling as the fans are doing well. They know that if he gets hurt, it’s going to be a long season.
The Yankees fan base experienced a severe roller coaster of emotions today. As Judge ran into the tunnel, the entire community held their breath. When he was back in action, they were finally able to free him.
Some fans are still worried, but if there was any chance of injury, they would have pulled him. Even in a blowout, he’s had two more at-bats and walked and singled, so the concerns can probably be forgotten.
Aaron Judge’s injury concerns are a thing of the past
While it is true that certain players like Giancarlo Stanton appear to be “injury prone”, injuries are random and can happen to anyone at any time. Aaron Judge’s injury proneness tag from a few years ago was the product of a couple of unfortunate events.
Still, he has successfully shed the tag, which was previously the biggest and only blow to his game. Judge He said he knew availability was key and didn’t miss a moment through injury last year and appears poised to repeat that feat this season.