Aaron Judge Has Rib Stress Fracture

Yankees Slugger Will Be Reassessed In 2 Weeks

Ryan Chatelain
March 06, 2020 - 4:09 pm

There's finally a diagnosis on Aaron Judge.

The Yankees slugger has a stress fracture of his first right rib, manager Aaron Boone told reporters Friday in Tampa, Florida. 

Boone said Judge will be re-evaluated in two weeks, which practically guarantees the All-Star outfielder won't be ready for the March 26 regular season opener at Baltimore. Judge has not played in any spring training games this year.

Aaron Judge
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Boone said surgery to remove the rib is a possibility if the bone is not healing. The Yankees believe Judge suffered the injury while diving for a ball against the Angels in September.

According to MLB.com reporter Bryan Hoch, Judge said he felt "a crack and pop" in his chest on the diving attempt seen above. With the playoffs right around the corner, Judge received a shot and continued playing. Although the 27-year old outfielder has been told playing on Opening Day won't be possible, he remains optimistic about avoiding surgery.

"It shows signs of healing," Boone said. "So we're going to give it the next couple of weeks, and then we'll retest to show how much healing is going on with that rib, when we do the CT scan again."

Judge arrived at camp complaining about discomfort near his shoulder and chest. He underwent 10 to 12 tests before receiving a diagnosis.

"My understanding is it's a hard thing to find 'cause you're not going to find it in MRIs and different scans."