Yankees OF Aaron Judge has suffered a chip fracture of the right wrist (ulnar styloid bone), the team announced. Surgery has not been recommended, and Judge won't be able to swing a bat in a game-type situation for three weeks.
Judge was removed from the team's game Thursday in the fourth inning and after being hit by a pitch on his wrist in the first inning.
Judge stayed in the game for a second at-bat, and singled, before being lifted prior to his next turn in the order. Miguel Andujar replaced the All-Star.
The slugger was initially examined at the ballpark before being sent to New York Presbyterian Hospital for an MRI. After the game, Aaron Boone said the X-ray's administered at the stadium were "unclear".
The sound the ball made on Judge's wrist sounded terrible, but the prognosis could have been much worse.
Three to four weeks without Judge, easily the most consistent hitter on the squad, will be very difficult to overcome. The Yankees are already without Gary Sanchez's bat (albeit not as potent as expected this season) through August, so the club will have to rally together to compensate for the absence of two of the Yankees biggest power bats.
Wrist injuries are concerning because a good deal of the ability to swing the bat requires quick and strong wrists. So, despite the fact that Judge might miss just over 20 games if back in the minimum timeframe provided, it could take him a bit longer for him to get fully back to pounding baseballs.
Giancarlo Stanton will take over in right field during Judge's absence, but the call-up to take Judge's roster spot remains to be seen. Ideally, Clint Frazier would receive the spot, but he's once again dealing with migraines. My guess is the Yanks bring up Tyler Wade to be a super-utility player and rotate the designated hitter role typically occupied by Stanton.