TAMPA — Aaron Boone spent Thursday the same way he spent Wednesday: unsure of when he might get Aaron Judge back in the lineup.
During an interview on WFAN, Boone was asked if Judge was hurt and said, “I’m hoping not.”
It came after Judge was forced out of the lineup Wednesday with what Boone called “general soreness” in his left side. Judge received treatment Wednesday and again Thursday, but Boone didn’t expect to know whether Judge would be available until the hours leading up to Friday’s series opener at Tampa Bay.
The fact the turf at Tropicana Field has given Judge trouble in the past certainly doesn’t help.
Though Boone again didn’t get into specifics regarding the injury, he admitted there was “concern’’ the oblique could be impacted, an issue Judge has dealt with previously.
But Boone also insisted that the soreness only developed Wednesday and was not a reason why he pulled the right fielder from Monday’s game after seven innings.
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