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Aaron Judge Hits Injured List With No Timetable for Return


Officially, no less than, the Yankees shall be without Aaron Judge for no less than per week after formally placing him on the injured list Wednesday with a sprain of the massive toe on his right foot. But Judge — who hurt himself on a leaping catch that carried him through the suitable field fence at Dodger Stadium on Saturday — has no actual timeline for returning to the lively roster.

“No next steps,” Manager Aaron Boone said. “Take into consideration getting a shot in your big toe, into the joint. You’ve got to recover from that, then we’ll see where we’re at.”

Judge received a platelet-rich plasma injection within the toe on Tuesday night, when the Yankees lost to the Chicago White Sox, 3-2. If the swelling from the shot subsides in just a few days, as expected, the Yankees may have a clearer outline of how Judge should progress.

That is the second I.L. stint this season for Judge, who missed 10 days last month with a strained right hip. He has still managed to steer the American League in home runs, with 19, and has the most effective slugging percentage (.674) and on-base plus slugging percentage (1.078) within the majors.

“I assume, technically, you could have less margin for error while you take the most effective player in the game out of your lineup each day,” Boone said. “But, that said, we’re also getting some key guys back in our lineup, a lineup that, frankly, the last two weeks has been doing a very good job of scoring runs, and scoring runs in alternative ways.”

For right-handed hitters like Judge, the suitable big toe is the catalyst for rotating the lower half of the body after they swing. Infielder DJ LeMahieu, who broke the sesamoid bone in his right big toe last season and had subsequent ligament damage in his second toe, was severely hampered by the injury. It cost him most of September and all the postseason — and got here with considerable embarrassment.

“It sounds silly, since it’s your toe,” LeMahieu said on Wednesday. “Nevertheless it does have an enormous effect on quite a bit.”

LeMahieu said he had seen Judge’s toe, which he called “completely black and blue,” but had not spoken with Judge in regards to the particulars of the injury. He said anyone with a foot injury should prepare to be frustrated.

“The feet heal slow,” LeMahieu said. “If you could have one other injury, I feel prefer it’s at all times like, ‘OK, it’s 4 to 6 weeks, that is the rehab, you then’re good to go.’ But with the feet, it’s such a posh thing that there’s nobody answer.”

Boone said that Judge’s toe problem, no less than, seemed more straightforward than LeMahieu’s injury last season. However the Yankees cannot make sure until Judge begins his recovery, which is on hold for now. Judge will miss no less than the remainder of this homestand — a doubleheader with Chicago on Thursday and three weekend games with the Boston Red Sox — in addition to the primary game against the Mets at Citi Field next Tuesday.

The team promoted outfielder Billy McKinney, a left-handed hitter who was batting .274 with nine homers for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, to interchange Judge on the lively roster. McKinney, 28, played the primary two games of his major league profession with the Yankees in 2018, and has since played for Toronto, Milwaukee, the Mets, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland.

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