The Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was back on the IL on Friday in the wake of playing only one game. He was diagnosed with a strained right calf for the second time in about fourteen days. Judge missed 10 days when he initially had the issue, yet Yankees GM Brian Cashman told fans on a Zoom call that the slugger would be on the IL twice as long this time.
Judge invested a lot of that energy attempting to recover rapidly to get back when he was qualified. He was playing his first game falling off the IL when he felt the calf straighten out hurrying to second in the Yankees misfortune to the Braves on Wednesday. While Judge attempted to play through it, Yankees manager Aaron Boone and his mentors in the dugout rushed to haul him out of the game, worried about it deteriorating.
Judge was hesitant to go on the IL when he at first felt the snugness in the calf, crediting it to the mileage of a four-day series. Judge has a long history of wounds and this is a touchy subject with him.