Not that it really means anything but the New York Yankees lost three of the four games that Aaron Judge did not start this season, and in those three defeats they scored a run, a total of three games.
Not that it really means anything or not?
Not That we could really know what Judge will look like if his broken right wrist heals enough to him allow to play again (the initial estimate is three weeks), but this is the kind of injury that can last long after a player returns to the lineup.
"He probably will not be 100 percent by 2019," said an American scout that follows the Yankees, said late Thursday night
The scout has no real way of knowing how to judge in September and especially October will look, but that's not the point. None of us can know until we see him. The Yankees can not – not yet.
Hand and wrist injuries are understandably as scary as batsmen can be. Los Angeles Dodgers's third baseman Justin Turner suffered a left hip fracture when hit by a pitch in spring training. Turner had been out for almost two months, and even when he came back he was not the dynamic offensive he was last season.
Turner, who was on the list of disabled people this week with a right groin strain, hit. 259 with .752 OPS, compared with .322 and .945 in 2017.
Every injury is different. Every player is different. But until Judge is back in the lineup and looks like he may have been the Yankee's biggest star in the last year and a half, the questions remain.
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In a week in which the Yankees coped with their pitching problems by first buying Zach Britton to get to an already strong bullpen and then for JA Happ, to support a questionable rotation, threatens the violation of the judge to change the course of the rest of the season. That's not to say, because even without Judge, the Yankees have an incredibly deep and strong lineup (and in the one game they won without judging, they scored two home runs and seven runs in Toronto on June 5).
But they only have one Aaron judge.
It's hard to know how his absence will affect her. It's impossible to know what he'll look like when he comes back. After announcing that Judge suffered a chip break when hit by a Jakob-Junis pitch on Thursday at the 7-2 Yankee win over the Kansas City Royals, the Yankees said that an operation is not recommended and she " about three weeks before the judge can swing a bat in a game situation."
Three weeks would mean that Judge would miss 20 or more games, including four next weekend at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees won a first-place play on the Red Sox on Thursday, but they are still 4.5 games back in the race to win the American League East and avoid the risk of wild-card play.  For what it's worth, Judge has a .455 batting average in his nine games against the Red Sox this season, with four homers and nine RBI. Not that it means he got any hits next weekend.
The Yankees have many big batsmen. He leads the team with 26 home runs, but even taking them away, the Yankees' 137 hit would be nearly enough to lead the majors (the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland A are in second place with 142 home runs)  Yankees general manager Brian Cashman still has four days left before January 31 without giving up on the trading date, but it's not like he could take any uncertainty about Judge by taking another 6 & 7; Adding Slugger He is also a team leader, he could get someone who can take some thugs in the field until the umpire returns, but he will not find another judge.
The Yankees are hardly the only team with insecurity. The Red Sox added Nathan Eovaldi to their rotation, but another loss on a late lead Thursday reminded everyone how much they needed help. The Chicago Cubs are trying to move on with their own rotation issues marry by calling Cole Hamels via […] Yahoo Sports & # 39; Jeff Passan but they may not know what to get them from 2016 National League MVP Kris Bryant. Bryant went on Thursday with the "19459018" team called "left shoulder inflammation" back on the list of disabled people.
A bad shoulder can cause hard knocks, as Richter himself knows only too well. Judge spent the second half of the 2017 season handling a left shoulder sore enough that it needed surgery out of season. In 46 games starting immediately after the All-Star break, Richter beat only .176 with seven home runs.
The Yankees went 26-20 in these 46 games and gained almost exactly the same pace they did for the remainder of the season. At least during this period, a diminished judge did not stop them.
It could not be this year either. If he comes back from this break, he may not even be so small.
We do not know that. We can not know it. And that's the only thing that has to scare the Yankees a bit.
The Yankees season was so smooth at the time, even though the regular season of the Red Sox has called into question the title win
Now there is uncertainty, 6 & 7; 7 "uncertainty. And it will not be answered until we see Aaron Judge back in the batter's box as he looks.
Danny Knobler covers the major League Baseball as National Columnist for Bleacher Report.
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