Judge Says His Ribs Are Healing, Also Suffered Partial Lung Collapse

Missed 54 Games In 2019 With Strained Oblique

Rob Lep
March 20, 2020 - 3:43 pm

Finally, there's some positive injury news for the Yankees. Well, sort of...

As Kristie Ackert of the New York Post reports, Outfielder Aaron Judge had a two-week checkup on his right rib on Friday and said the injuries that had kept him out of spring training before the coronavirus pandemic hit are healing.

Aaron Judge
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In addition to his ribs, Judge has also been dealing with “pneumothorax” — a partial collapsed lung. He's been experiencing sharp pains in his chest, which Judge complained of earlier this spring. 

“That’s the silver lining in all of this, having the ability to not feel rushed trying to get back for a certain date," Judge told reporters Friday. "We don’t really have a date right now. I’m just trying to let it heal. Not trying to rush it.”

Judge has stayed in Tampa, Florida and reported to the Yankees' spring training facility George M. Steinbrenner Field almost every day since the league shut down spring training and delayed the start of the 2020 season. Other Yankees including DJ LeMahieu, Clint Frazier and Tyler Wade are also getting in work.

In 2019, Judge missed 54 games with an oblique strain suffered back in April. In 102 games, he hit .272 with 27 home runs and 55 runs batted in.