The star slugger will not start the game with a sore right foot after banging it against the concrete at the bottom of the right-field fence while making an outstanding sprinting catch in Saturday’s matchup.
The 30-year-old could have saved a run for the Yankees with his sprinting catch on J.D. Martinez’s liner into the right field corner with Max Muncy on first base and nobody out.
The AL MVP made the catch an instant before running into the bullpen fence, which smashing it open on impact, with a stadium staffer was sitting behind it.
Judge hung onto the ball and stayed upright while putting one foot in the bullpen, but Muncy was allowed to advance to second apparently because Judge technically left the field of play.
Aaron Judge saved a run for the Yankees with a sprinting catch near a gate at Dodgers Stadium
The Yankees captain was out of the lineup for New York’s series’ decider against the Dodgers
Yankees manager Aaron Boone briefly argued the umpires’ decision to send Muncy to second.
The 6-foot-7 slugger appears to have avoided any serious injury to his upper body despite careening into the metal fence door but Boone did admit that Judge had been ‘pretty sore.’
‘He was pretty sore [Saturday] night and this morning,’ Boone said Sunday. ‘Although he seemed a little bit better this afternoon moving around, so we’ll see what we have today and obviously the off day [Monday]. See what we got when we get back [to New York].’
Boone also conceded that he didn’t know if the collision could spell a stint on the injured list for his star player.
‘Not at this point, but we’ll see how he is today, [Monday], the next day,’ Boone said.
Judge was receiving treatment on the foot as of Sunday afternoon and may get X-rays or further testing when the team returns to New York on Monday.
Judge crashed through the outfield fence, making a catch for an out of J.D. Martinez in the 8th
Boone was not sure if he would be available for the Yankees off the bench in the series’ decider.
Pitcher Gerrit Cole clammed the concrete ledge at the footing of the wall as ‘kind of dangerous,’ following the game Saturday.
Boone hoped it would be something MLB or the Dodgers organization would examine for future safety concerns.
‘Hopefully that is something that they look into,’ Boone said. ‘I think all these places try to do their best to make things as safe as possible. But to me, it seems like that cement at the bottom could be padded up a little bit. Hopefully it is something they at least look into and consider, which I’m sure they will.’