Aaron Judge leaves Saturday's game with an apparent injury



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Game 20: Back to .500

Well it's potentially terrible. Aaron Judge ended this afternoon's game with an apparent injury after taking off for straight ground in the sixth inning. Replays have shown him gripping his right side, which is a good indication of his oblique, but we'll see. He did not seem to be pushing to stay at all.

Judge is the best Yankees hitter and the best all-around player and, as we saw last year, they are not the same team without him in training. To lose it for a period of time would be catastrophic even if the Yankees were perfectly healthy otherwise. This is certainly not the case however.

The Yankees do not have a list of 40 players in Triple-A Scranton. They are all already in the big leagues. Trey Amburgey, Billy Burns and Zack Zehner are the true Railfield players. First-base player Ryan McBroom can also play a little outside field.

Gary Sanchez is expected to return next week and Giancarlo Stanton maybe soon after. The Yankees will likely end up with a Clint Frazier-Brett Gardner-Mike Tauchman outfield until Stanton (or Judge) returns with Mike Ford at the DH. Yeesh.

The Yankees have not yet released an update on Judge – the injury occurred just a few minutes ago – and, if it's his oblique, he'll probably head for an MRI, and cetera. It might take a little while before we have a definitive word on something. Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned.

Game 20: Back to .500

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