Wednesday, November 22, 2017


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Our Rookie of the Year, Aaron Judge, went under the knife on Tuesday to repair what the team is describing as a "loose-body removal and cartilage cleanup" on his non-throwing shoulder.  In his Judge-like ways, the Yankee right-fielder down played his left shoulder symptoms during the second half of the season, including the post season.  But, as we all witnessed, Judge's incredible defensive plays took a toll on the 25-year-old outfielder's shoulder and it hurt his offense as his batting average dipped after the All Star Break.

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"In the first half, Judge hit .329 with 30 homers and 66 RBIs. He capped it off by winning the Home Run Derby. In the first 44 games of the second half, Judge hit just .179. In September, though, he got hot again, belting 15 homers and batting .311. Judge finished the regular season with 114 RBIs," reported ESPN.


Judge's shoulder sustained a number of blows to the wall as he made terrific defensive plays, robbing a number of extra base hits and even some home runs.  According to the NY Times, "In the playoffs, the same shoulder took a blow when Judge crashed into the right-field wall to steal an extra-base hit from Houston Astros first baseman Yulieski Gurriel in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. Judge tumbled to the ground after colliding with the wall."  We all cheered for him but at the same time, the impact was scary and worrisome.

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"On Aug. 30, with persistent questions about the condition of Judge’s shoulder, Manager Joe Girardi said the team and Judge had discussed the possibility of Judge getting a cortisone shot," said the Times.  There was no confirmation from the team whether or not Judge got the shot.

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The good news is that Judge is expected to be ready for spring training so the timing of the surgery could not be better.  Wishing our runner-up MVP and Rookie of the Year a good recovery and lots of rest during this holiday and off season. 

Take care, #AllRise.

--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof

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