Aaron Judge injury update: MRI reveals injury to abs, Yankees slugger optimistic for Opening Day return


Aaron Judge injury update: MRI reveals injury to abs, Yankees slugger optimistic for Opening Day return

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge revealed on Tuesday that he received an MRI on his abdominal area after experiencing discomfort in his abs. The MRI results came back clean, but Judge will be taking a few days off before resuming swinging a bat. He attributed the soreness to his intense workout regimen during the offseason, where he was swinging every day since November. This was causing wear and tear on his body, especially after returning from a toe injury. Despite the setback, Judge is optimistic about being ready for Opening Day.

In the previous season, Judge was limited to 106 games due to a toe injury sustained during a collision with the Dodger Stadium bullpen fence. When he was healthy, he had an impressive batting line of .267/.406/.613 with 37 home runs. He was on pace to hit more than 50 homers if he had played the full season. Judge also set the Yankees’ single-season home run record in 2022 with 62 homers, surpassing Roger Maris’ longstanding mark. His contributions were valued at 4.5 Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball Reference.

The Yankees had one of the highest numbers of days missed due to injuries last season, trailing behind only the Angels and Dodgers. They have continued to face injury troubles in the current spring training period, with ace pitcher Gerrit Cole undergoing an MRI on his elbow and utility player Oswald Peraza sidelined for six weeks due to a shoulder injury. Despite these challenges, the Yankees are set to open their season against the Astros in Houston on March 28.

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