ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Aaron Judge said his left-side soreness was likely the result of “too many hundred swings before and after games” in the early part of the season.
Judge missed a pair of games just a week into the regular season and said he hoped being cautious now would prevent a longer absence later in the year.
After saying the injury was “really tough to describe,” Judge said it made sense for the Yankees to be cautious at this point.
“Any soreness, based on track record, why miss a month, when you can miss one game or two games,” Judge said of trying to avoid making any potential injury worse by playing through it. “What’s the difference of playing 155 and 157 [games]? That was the intent of it and I’m feeling good now.”
After sitting on Wednesday and Friday — along with getting treatment on the team’s off day on Thursday — Judge returned Saturday and started in right again in Sunday’s 8-4, 10-inning win at Tropicana Field.
The soreness began, Judge said, during the Yankees’ opening series against the Blue Jays.
“I felt it probably in the Toronto series early on,’’ Judge said. “I’m a guy,…