Yankees' Aaron Judge dealing with 'side soreness,' out of Wednesday's lineup vs. Orioles

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Aaron Judge with head down after strikeout
Aaron Judge with head down after strikeout

After collecting three hits, including a mashed home run on Tuesday night, it was surprising to see a Yankees lineup without Aaron Judge on Wednesday. Manager Aaron Boone provided the reason why.

“[He] was sore yesterday during the game, kinda in his side and after the game was sore,” Boone told reporters via Zoom about Judge. “So with the off day tomorrow, just something we’re trying to stay ahead of and not trying to push through right now.”

Boone added that there wasn’t a specific instance where Judge felt the soreness, or that it occurred. He simply said the “wear and tear” of the first few games has the Yankees cautious.

“I think it’s just been the general wear and tear of the first several days. DH'ing one day, lot of swings,” Boone said.

“Hopefully today and tomorrow will be good slower days for him.”

It was noticeable during the game on Tuesday night, a 7-2 win for the Bombers, that Judge was tentative on the bases and playing right field.

Judge’s case here is just another of what you might see from the Yankees this season regarding its key players that have injury history.

Giancarlo Stanton has already had an off day despite DH'ing in all four contests he’s played this season. It’s also worth noting that Judge has oblique injury history, but Boone said this isn’t a case of that.

And Boone ensured that the Yanks aren’t trying to be overly cautious with their players this season.

“We’re always mindful of that stuff and making sure we do everything possible from a workout standpoint, getting ready for games, how we prepare, the amount of reps kinda documenting that kind of thing,” he said when asked about paying close attention to players with injury history. “All the things we’re doing along with them, trying to stay out in front the best we can.”