Another Yankees slugger is heading to the injured list.
Aaron Judge was placed on the 10-day IL on Friday after an MRI revealed a “very mild strain of his calf,” according to manager Aaron Boone.
Boone said that it was a Grade 1 strain “or even less than that” and suggested Judge could be day-to-day but the club was exercising extra caution.
Judge, who leads the majors with nine home runs, was held out of the lineup on Wednesday after he was pulled from Tuesday’s game after blasting a 433-foot home run into right-center field.
Boone originally said Judge was OK and that he was removed from the game to rest after playing on the artificial turf at Tropicana Field, before revealing the slugger was dealing with “lower body tightness” on Wednesday.
“He’s as tough as they come, and he’s a guy that has demonstrated the ability to play through things and grind through things,” Boone said. “He wants to get back on the field as quickly as possible.”
Judge joins fellow slugger Giancarlo Stanton on the IL. Stanton is expected to be out the next three-to-four weeks with a hamstring strain he sustained on Saturday against the Rays.
Mike Tauchman was slated to play right field in Judge’s place on Friday while Clint Frazier was penciled in as the designated hitter.
Utility infielder Thairo Estrada was recalled to take Judge’s spot on the roster.