'Nah, no need': Aaron Judge not interested in lawsuit after crashing through Dodger Stadium fence

The toe injury Judge suffered has kept him out of the Yankees' lineup since June 3

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 03: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees crashes through the outfield fence as he makes a catch for an out of J.D. Martinez #28 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 03, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Aaron Judge's spectacular catch has come at a major cost — and not only to the grounds crew at Dodger Stadium. Since tearing a ligament in his right big toe upon falling through the Los Angeles Dodgers' right-field bullpen fence on June 3, Judge remains out of the Yankees' lineup, with no clear timeline for his return.

Despite the lingering nature of his injury, Judge told the New York Daily News on Friday that he does not plan to take any legal action.

"Nah, no need," Judge told the Daily News regarding a potential lawsuit.

Had Judge been interested, there is a precedent for this type of dispute. In 2017, former Yankees outfielder Dustin Fowler sued the Chicago White Sox over an injury he suffered when he crashed into an electrical box at Guaranteed Rate Field while chasing down a foul ball.

Given that Fowler's injury came in his MLB debut and resulted in season-ending surgery, perhaps he was more inclined than Judge to take legal action, yet the Yankees superstar's 2023 outlook appears similarly bleak.

"It doesn't feel great," Judge told reporters Tuesday, more than a month since the incident occurred. "I don’t think it will ever feel normal. I can move around pretty well, but any injury, [it can bother you for] a year or two or three years. You never know what it’s gonna feel like."

Although Judge has made his stance clear, Michael Sorich, the lawyer who represented Fowler, told the Daily News that the Yankees' captain has a case.

“Could [the Dodgers] have taken precautions to remedy that or protect players that maybe would be in that vicinity? Sure,” Sorich asked. “I mean, that would certainly be the argument I would make if I was Aaron Judge’s lawyer.”