NEW YORK — Aaron Judge was back on the injured list Friday after playing just one game. The Yankees slugger was diagnosed with a strained right calf for the second time in two weeks.
“It’s just a reoccurrence of the (calf) strain that he had suffered before. Similar in that it’s low grade and pretty minor, but enough that he had to go back on the IL,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said before Friday’s doubleheader against the Mets. “Hopefully it’s not something that keeps him down too long, but definitely something that we got to continue to work to get right.”
Judge missed 10 days when he first had the issue, but Yankees GM Brian Cashman told fans on a Zoom call that the slugger would be on the IL “twice as long,” this time, according to reports.
Judge spent much of that time trying to rehab quickly to get back as soon as he was eligible. He was playing in his first game coming off the IL when he felt the calf tighten up running to second in the Yankees loss to the Braves Wednesday. While Judge tried to play through it, Boone and his coaches in the dugout were quick to pull him out of the game, concerned about it getting worse.