Aaron Judge and the Yankees have had discussions about the struggling 25-year-old rookie possibly getting a cortisone shot in his ailing left shoulder, but that has yet to happen. For now, Judge continues to treat his shoulder with R.I.C.E. – rest, ice, compression and elevation.
He also hasn’t had an MRI, and none is scheduled.
Judge received a two-day physical and mental break on Monday and Tuesday in which he did not participate in any baseball activities. He will play again in Game 2 of the Yankees-Indians straight doubleheader on Wednesday.
“I’ve got ice on my shoulders, my knees. I wish I could ice my whole body. I’ve got to ice it every day. The whole body is kind of beat up,” Judge admitted on Wednesday morning.
Judge did say later that his body “feels a lot better. Getting a couple days off, the body feels great.”
Judge is hitting just .179/.341/.352 since the All-Star break with seven homers and 16 RBIs. He hit .329/.448/.691 with 30 homers and 66 RBIs leading up to the break.
While Joe Girardi said his struggles are mechanical, it is possible that Judge’s lead shoulder is affecting him when he swings. Judge has fouled several hittable pitches back over the screen rather than over the outfield wall.
“I think it’s just part of the grind of the season,” Judge said. “It’s kind of the body wearing down. You’ve got to make adjustments and fight through that.”
Judge plays hard, and the shoulder injury could be build-up of him banging hard into the outfield wall on a few occasions. Most notably, Judge toppled over the short wall at Fenway Park on his 25th birthday, though that was all the way back in late April.
“I can’t really pinpoint what it is,” Judge said. “There have been quite a few falls that I’ve had. It’s just part of the season. Everybody goes through this. They have their bumps and bruises. I’m just trying to get healthy. I feel good now.”
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Starlin Castro (hamstring) will also play in Game 2. “I didn’t think it was in our best interest to try to play him in two games,” Joe Girardi said. … Game 2 starter Jordan Montgomery (innings limit) can realistically give 85-90 pitches, Girardi said. Montgomery will be the team’s “26th man” for the twin-bill. … Aroldis Chapman (MRI left elbow Monday) is available. “I would definitely use him today,” Girardi said.