Yankees OF Aaron Judge has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a Grade 2 right oblique strain, the team announced.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said earlier Wednesday that Judge would likely not play for the remainder of the season, adding that Judge will have to play his way onto the team in spring training next year.
OF Mason Williams has been recalled to replace Judge on the roster.
Judge left Tuesday's game before the fifth inning due to a right oblique strain, the team announced.
The 24-year-old has hit .179 with a .263 OBP, .345 SLG, and four home runs in 27 games (84 at-bats) this season. He has struck out 42 times.
Williams has hit .296 with a .313 OBP and .376 SLG in 31 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
If Judge is indeed going to miss the rest of the season, it matters little to the Yankees 2016 playoff push, but certainly affects his chance to continue gaining experience and his trade value this offseason.
Judge, while mashing some impressive home runs, has shown flaws in his swing, something the extra time this season might have allowed him to work through. Now, his next swings will come in 2017 and theoretically any real improvement could be delayed. Further, if the Yankees have any intention of using Judge as a trade piece this offseason, he will be unable to show interested teams that he can indeed be more than a home run hitting player with a significant hole in his swing.
As for the present, the it seems the Yankees might have a solid platoon in right field with Williams and Rob Refsnyder. Williams certainly provides better defense in right field and Refsnyder's bat is more polished at this time. In my view, overall production can only improve with a Williams/Refsnyder platoon compared with what Judge was supplying since his call-up just over one month ago.