Yankees' Aaron Judge Reveals Ominous Injury Update

The New York Yankees have been without American League MVP Aaron Judge for a month now due to a toe injury, and according to an update revealed by Judge himself, there's still no timetable for his return, and “it still doesn’t feel great... I don’t think it’ll ever be normal.”

Judge even said that surgery has not been ruled out, but if necessary, that wouldn't take place until after the season. He's still insistent on coming back this season. 

But for that to happen, he needs to be able to run on his injured toe first. He started to play catch last week, but running drills would be the next step. “If I can run then I can play but me running at 10 percent ain’t going to help anybody out there,” Judge said. 

But then he put another qualification on a possible return. “Besides running, is me being able to put 270 pounds on one leg when I’m hitting. Once we build up that strength and get the pain out of there, we’re going to be in a good spot. I kind of understand you’re going to deal with some pain coming back, so it’s just about getting to a point where it’s tolerable and we’re not setting ourselves back here.”

Manager Aaron Boone takes a more positive tone on the whole thing, saying that Judge knows how to play through pain, and he will do so when he's ready. 

“I feel like he’s done a really good job of understanding how to govern things and how to play through certain things that not everyone can. He has shown that ability," said Boone. "I think it’s been one of the biggest things in his development is how I can post every day when I am a little banged up. He knows how to do that at a very high level.”

Judge tore a ligament in his toe after he crashed through a wall at Dodger Stadium on June 4. 

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