Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees experienced a major scare on Thursday night when outfielder Aaron Judge was taken to the hospital after being hit by a pitch. Now New York will have to get used to life without him for a while.

On Friday, the Yankees placed the All-Star outfielder on the disabled list with a fracture in his right wrist. He is expected to miss at least three weeks.

Across 99 games this season, Judge has slashed at .285/.398/.548 with 26 home runs and 61 RBI. His multi-week absence likely means he will fall short of 40-plus home runs this season after he hit 52 last year.

The loss of Judge’s bat could force the Yankees to pursue another bat on the trade market. Given their outfield depth, New York could explore designated hitters rather than an outfielder.

In a corresponding move, New York called up infielder Tyler Wade. The 23-year-old should provide the Yankees with depth in the middle infield and outfield while he is up.

Matt Johnson
Writer at Sportsnaut. Journalism student at San Diego State University. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection