Aaron Judge exits early after taking a pitch off left hand

The Yankees have been dominating the baseball scene, largely thanks to the spectacular performance of star outfielder Aaron Judge. However, New York’s fans are now anxiously awaiting news after Judge left Tuesday’s game in the third inning following a pitch to his left hand. Outfielder Trent Grisham stepped in to replace him.

Judge, the towering outfielder, has been off to another phenomenal season in the Bronx. Before the game against Baltimore, he was slashing .299/.425/.686 with 26 home runs and 64 RBIs. In June alone, he was batting an impressive .393 with six homers and 19 RBIs.

 

Aaron Judge Injury Update

Judge exited the game against the Orioles after being struck by a 94-mph fastball from Baltimore starter Albert Suarez on a 1-2 count. The pitch, which ran too far inside, clearly caused Judge significant pain. Initially, he stayed in the game and even scored on a two-RBI single by DH Giancarlo Stanton. However, Grisham replaced him in the lineup during his next turn at bat.

At the time of his departure, Judge was 1-for-1 with a run scored in two plate appearances against their AL East rivals. The exact nature of Judge’s injury remains unclear.

This injury scare comes just days after Dodgers star Mookie Betts fractured his hand from a hit by pitch. Betts was hit by a 98-mph fastball from Royals reliever Dan Altavilla and is expected to miss six to eight weeks, though he will not require surgery.

Yankees clubhouse reporter Meredith Marakovits tweeted that Judge will undergo imaging at a local hospital and will see the team doctor on Wednesday.

UPDATE: ESPN baseball reporter Jorge Castillo later tweeted that X-rays on Judge’s hand came back negative, offering some relief to worried Yankees fans.