Neither Aaron Judge nor the Yankees have a definitive timeframe for when the All-Star slugger will return from a "pretty significant" left oblique strain.
And the 13th player on New York's injured list knows it isn't going to be easy.
"It's tough," Judge said, according to NJ Advance Media's Brendan Kuty. "That was one of my goals. I didn't want to get back on the DL or anything, especially tough times like this when guys are beat up, I wanted to be out there in the trenches with the guys every single day, fighting through some tough times. But it happens and it's a tough spot."
Judge was placed on the 10-day injured list on Sunday after leaving Saturday's game against the Royals with a strained oblique. The 26-year-old Judge, who joins a long list of players on the IL, doesn't know exactly when he'll return.
Last year, the Yankees initially thought Judge would miss 2-3 weeks after taking a fastball to the wrist. Instead, he missed 45 games. Whether the team has given him a timetable or not, he's keeping things vague.
"There's no timeframe for anything right now," he said. "There's no need for one. Just kind of going based on how I feel and I'll just progress from there."
The 26-year-old Judge, who has a .288/.404/.521 batting line with five home runs and 11 RBIs this season, is the sixth player from the Yankees' Opening Day lineup to be on the IL.
Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird, Troy Tulowitzki, Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar are also on the IL with various injuries. And that doesn't include players like Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, Aaron Hicks or Didi Gregorius.
With the numerous injuries the Yankees have had to deal with, they have had to turn to players like Mike Ford, Thairo Estrada, Gio Urshela and Tyler Wade. But just because the Yankees have several All-Stars hurt doesn't make Judge any less optimistic.
"Me out for however long, it's going to mean other guys get a chance to get some playing time, to show what they've got and step up and produce for us at the highest level," Judge said. "It's the one thing out of all this I'm excited about, guys getting a chance to go out there and perform."