April 11, 2021

Yankees didn’t expect Aaron Judge back from rib injury until summer (ESPN)

If the New York Yankees return to play this season, they will have healthy outfielders in Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks, according to general manager Brian Cashman.

Cashman addressed a variety of topics, including the slow healing of Judge’s injured rib, during a charity video call Thursday, revealing that the team never expected Judge to be ready before the summer.

“Ultimately, the broken rib that Aaron Judge suffered, it’s in an area that the blood flow to that region is more difficult,” Cashman said of the rib injury — as well as the subsequent punctured lung — that Judge has attributed to an attempted catch Sept. 18 against the Angels at Yankee Stadium. “Blood flow is a significant part of the healing, so that’s why the time frame is longer. When it happened, I always felt that we wouldn’t see Judge more likely until the summertime.”

Cashman added: “But Aaron Judge, like most superstar athletes, [feel like] they’re invincible and like they’ll be back sooner than later. I think that his pain threshold is Jeter-like, too. He never complains. He never shares that something is…

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