New York Yankees star Aaron Judge is expected to miss at least three weeks after a bone in his right wrist was chipped Thursday when hit by a pitch.
The team announced that Judge sustained a chip fracture of his ulnar styloid bone, but no surgery was recommended. The club’s brief statement concluded with, “The Yankees approximate a three-week time period before Judge can swing a bat in a game situation.”
Judge came out of New York’s 7-2 win over the visiting Kansas City Royals in the fourth inning.
The Yankees said he was examined by team physician Chris Ahmad and then was sent to nearby NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for an MRI.
Judge, serving as designated hitter, was hit on the right hand by a Jakob Junis pitch in the first inning and winced in pain. He was checked out by trainer Steve Donahue and manager Aaron Boone before staying in the game.
Judge reached on an infield single in the third but was lifted for Miguel Andujar when his spot came up in the fourth. The Yankees were leading 3-0 when Judge was replaced.
Judge, 26, is batting .285 with 26 homers and 61 RBIs in 99 games this season.
Earlier this week, the Yankees placed slugging catcher Gary Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list due to a groin injury. Sanchez isn’t expected to return until late August or early September.
—Field Level Media