Yankees manager Aaron Boone revealed on Tuesday that All-Star OF Aaron Judge will be missing at least the team's first spring training game on Saturday.
Boone described Judge as having "crankiness" and a "little soreness" in his right shoulder, which gives more context to George A. King III's report that stated he was dealing with a "minor" problem in that shoulder.
"I don't anticipate it delaying the season, but he won't be playing on Feb. 22," Boone said. "But hopefully not much behind that."
Boone explained that Judge has been feeling soreness for over a week now, and the Yankees put him through numerous tests that included an MRI to see if there were any underlying issues. Luckily, the results were nothing alarming.
"He's been here obviously a couple weeks and just dealing with some, I guess, crankiness, little soreness in his shoulder so we've kinda been treating him and want to make sure we treat it conservatively and get him in a really good spot before we hit the ground running with him," Boone explained. "Feel like it's a pretty minor thing and probably in the next couple days start ramping him back up from a volume of things. Just something we kinda wanted to get ahead of when we're at this point in the calendar."
Boone added that the Yankees shut Judge down from hitting last week, but he has been seen throwing in the outfield.
Judge missed one game late last season (on Sept. 19) in part because of some shoulder pain that resulted from an attempt to make a diving catch in the outfield, something that Boone alluded to. Judge's biggest injury, though, was his oblique strain that kep him out from April 21 to June 20.