Aaron Judge (31, New York Yankees), who was out of power due to a toe injury, played catch for the first time since his injury.
According to ESPN, an American sports media outlet on the 29th (Korean time), Judge practiced catch in the outfield ahead of the 2023 Major League Baseball Athletics match held at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California, USA.
“There are so many steps to getting back into the game and this is just one of them,” Judge explained.
Judge injured his right big toe when he hit an outfield fence while defending against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the 4th. It was initially known as a minor injury, such as a bruise or sprain, but it was confirmed that his big toe ligament was torn.
It is still difficult to determine exactly when Judge will return, but Judge took his first steps by playing catch.
“It’s nice to see Judge walking outside and playing catch,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Slow but steady progress continues.”
Judge hit 62 home runs last year, breaking the American League record for most home runs in a single season in 61 years, and was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP).안전놀이터
After the 2022 season, he qualified for free agency and re-signed with the Yankees for 9 years and 360 million dollars (approximately 473.3 billion won), the highest free agency ever.
This year, his first free agent season, he hit 12 homers only in May, leading the American League with 19 homers in the season until injury.
However, due to an unexpected injury, he was pushed back in the home run race, and in the meantime, Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels) is running first with 28 home runs.