The Yankees are slipping further behind the Red Sox in the AL East race and, after Aaron Judge’s injury Thursday night, the situation has gotten a bit more dire.
“[Judge] just said he didn’t feel like he had the right kind of strength behind his last swing,” Manager Aaron Boone said, via ESPN. “He didn’t balk at [coming out of the game].”
Pretty quickly, New York fans knew their slugger was in trouble. By the seventh inning, fans held a “candlelight vigil” for Judge, shining the flashlights from cellphones down on the field.
Well, the news was pretty bad. Judge suffered a chip fracture in his right wrist, and can’t pick up a bat for the next three weeks at least.
It’s a substantial loss for the Yankees. Judge is hitting .429 since the all-star break with a 1.119 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.