Manager Aaron Boone said he thought the star right fielder hurt himself making a diving catch in September of last season.
Judge will rest two weeks while recovering from the stress fracture to his first right rib. He hasn’t played in any spring training games while dealing with soreness in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder.
Judge underwent about a dozen tests, including and MRI plus CT and bone scans, to determine the source of his pain.
“It shows signs of healing so we’re going to give it the next couple and re-test to show how much healing is going on with that rib,” Boone said.
Surgery to remove the bone is a possibility, depending on the healing process.
“I wouldn’t say that’s off the table, but you wouldn’t want to go do that right now especially if the bone is healing,” Boone said.
Judge was able to do all his normal workouts during the offseason but experienced discomfort after arriving in Florida for early workouts and then ramping up his hitting.
“It was to a point where he needed to start getting…