Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is not holding a grudge against Royals pitcher Jakob Junis as he readies to face him for the first time since he fractured Judge's wrist last July.
When the Yankees face the Royals in the second game of a four-game series Friday night, it will be the first time Judge faces Junis since the Royals' righty hit Judge with a 93 mph fastball, resulting in a chip fracture in his right wrist and a 45-game absence.
"He hit me but that is part of the game. It cost me a while but it is part of the game,'' Judge said, according to the New York Post's George A. King III. "It was nothing intentional. It was up and in and a two-seamer like he has, it got away.''
The Yankees went 25-20 without Judge from July 28 to Sept. 12 last season, losing five games in the standings to the Boston Red Sox, who ultimately won the AL East by eight games.
Judge was slashing .285/.398/.548 before the injury, but in 13 regular-season games after returning he hit just .220/.333/.341 with one home run and six RBIs.
This year, Judge is hitting .274/.403/.484 with four home runs and 10 RBIs. He has faced Junis eight times in his career, going 2-for-7 with one home run and two RBIs.