Thursday, February 22, 2024


It's a mystery. We haven't heard much about Aaron Judge and his torn toe ligament. I've been holding onto the cliche that "no news is good news" but is that the case?

You have to compare what Brian Cashman said to what Aaron Judge said and raise an eyebrow. Back in December Cashman said Judge's toe was "a resolved issue," you can check that out HERE. If so, why did Judge say it would require "constant maintenance" on Tuesday? Interesting choice of words considering a resolved issues don't need any sort of maintenance. Is this another Cashman screwup?

I hope not. I'd like to be optimistic here but Cashman has a a constant track record of failures. That's the only "constant" any of us see anymore. It's just a scary choice of words. It's deceiving. It sounds like a potential disaster. Judge said he is feeling good now, but it is something that needs to be watched throughout the season.

Not for nothing, we all know Judge is a gamer. He wants to play everyday and he is going to tell us he is fine even when he isn't. That's who he is so we know it and expect it. Judge's injury happened whole playing right field at Dodger stadium last season and this season he will be the everyday centerfielder. Judge may get an occasional day at DH, but he will still expectedly see a notable increase in workload in a very demanding position. It's a risky move for a 32 year old man who is 6 foot 7 with a heavy frame, a lot can go wrong.

Maybe I am just thinking about this too much because it's the Yankees. The Yankees and injuries are one in the same. This makes the return of Jasson Dominguez to centerfield this summer even more important, because the Yankees need to find a way to give Judge some rest to go with this "constant maintenance" that is a mystery.

The Yankees and Brian Cashman especially have made too many mistakes over recent years. I hope this isn't going to be another one, because this has risk written all over it.

How can I donate a toe to Judge? He may need one to make it through the season and mine is structurally sound.

--Jeana Bellezza-Ochoa
BYB Senior Managing Editor
Twitter: @nyprincessj 

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