Yankees optimistic Aaron Judge won’t miss time after dislocating pinky

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BOSTON — Aaron Judge suffered a dislocated left pinky finger after hitting a go-ahead double in the eighth inning of the Yankees’ 6-3 win over Red Sox at Fenway Park Sunday night. Judge remained in the game and Yankees manager Aaron Boone was optimistic that he will be able to play on Tuesday night when they begin a series against the Blue Jays.

“We’ll see,” Boone said. “He was able to pop it back out and hopefully we’re all right moving forward.”

Judge said he expected it to be OK, comparing it to injuries he suffered when playing basketball in high school.

“The biggest mistake was not going to feed first. I’m kicking myself for that but it  popped out. I really didn’t feel much and then when I went to kind of check my batting gloves I saw it was kind of out of place,” Judge said. “I tried popping it back in and it kind of got stuck again so I just needed some help. I am not  too concerned with it.”

Judge had just slammed a two-run double to give the Yankees a one-run lead and slid into second base when the pinky finger popped out. It took several minutes and two trainers to finally get the finger back into the proper alignment.

“It’s happened to me before. It happened to me in college where the finger was going that way and it kind of freaks you out more than anything,” Boone said. “And they pop it back in and you’re kinda all right. But we’ll see. I mean, hopefully we’re okay. We’ll see how the next 24 hours are.”

The Yankees have an off day on Monday, which is good because they are pretty banged up. Joey Gallo took a pitch off his shin.

“He got smoked pretty good, but he seemed to walk it off,” Boone said.

And Gleyber Torres had to step away from his at-bat with a celebration injury after Giancarlo Stanton’s game-winning home run.

“I think he’s fine. On the home run, G kind of smacked him and jarred him a little bit,” Boone said. “So I think he felt it kind of on that swing a little bit. So I think he’s fine.”

Stanton sheepishly said he may have to take it easy with the home run celebrations.

“I was too hype,” Stanton said. “I may have to ease up.”


It was pretty much a given that December day the Yankees got Gerrit Cole to agree to his record-setting contract. Sunday, however, manager Aaron Boone finally admitted that is how the Yankees are lining up their rotation for this final turn. Cole will pitch on regular rest Wednesday, even though the team has a day off on Monday, and then that he would be available for Sunday’s season finale.

“I mean, we’re wanting to keep him in line as best we can and that just puts us in a better spot at the end,” Boone said before Sunday night’s series finale against the Red Sox at Fenway.

The Blue Jays series is critical to the Yankees postseason hopes. Toronto swept a four-game series from the Yankees in the Bronx last month and put them in this precarious situation of needing to go at least 6-3 in their final nine games. With a win Sunday afternoon, the Blue Jays were just 1.5 games behind the Yankees and Red Sox in the Wild Card race.

The Yankees will get Jameson Taillon back after missing three weeks with an ankle injury for the Tuesday opener of the crucial series against the Blue Jays. Cole will pitch Wednesday and then Corey Kluber will pitch on extra rest.

Kluber has struggled since coming back from missing three months with a shoulder injury. In five starts, he has pitched to a 5.73 ERA over just 22 innings pitched. Boone, however, has seen improvement and is confident sending him out there is what is basically a must-win series.

“Actually I think he’s been getting better as he’s gone here since he’s come back,” Boone said. And you know, I think that’s a product of just being out there and continuing to build. So maybe (the extra rest) is something that benefits him, but it wasn’t a factor in my decision.”


With the Red Sox going with lefty Eduardo Rodriguez Sunday night, it was surprising not to see right-handed slugger Luke Voit in the lineup. Instead Boone stuck with Anthony Rizzo.

“That was a tough call for me because it’s certainly a case for him to be in there,” Boone said.

“So that was probably the biggest thing that I kind of slept on and wrestled with most of the day and just decided this was the way I wanted to go.”

Saturday night, Boone skipped over another opportunity to use Voit, too. With Alex Cora going to lefty reliever Darwinzon Hernandez in the eighth inning Saturday night, there was an obvious spot to pinch hit Voit. Hernandez is a hard-throwing lefty who pounds fastballs, which is Voit’s wheelhouse. Instead Boone stuck with Rizzo, who ended up getting hit by a pitch and helped set up Giancarlo Stanton’s game-winning grand slam. But it leaves questions about Voit’s role going forward.

“Luke’s been good. He hasn’t played a lot in the last four or five games,” Boone said. “He had the one start back at home where he had the three at bats where he didn’t have anything to show for but I think overall he’s been pretty good at bats.”

The 2020 Home Run King with 22 homers in the coronavirus-abbreviated 60-game season, Voit was limited by injuries earlier this season. When the Yankees traded for the lefty Rizzo, he was aware his role would shrink. But in this critical stretch it’s been nonexistent.


Jonathan Loaisiga came through his bullpen session well on Sunday and the Yankees expect to have him back for some part of the Blue Jays series.

“I mean, now the biggest thing is making sure he recovers well tomorrow,” Boone said. “Then we’ll make a call on whether we want to activate him maybe on Tuesday or if we want to give it another day and wait ‘til Wednesday. Coming out of the off day, in theory with a full bullpen, we might wait ‘til Wednesday just to give him that extra day of recovery.”

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