Aaron Judge had offseason surgery on his left shoulder to clear up cartilage built up over the rigors of last season.
Much was made of his two month disappearance throughout July and August, and when Ronald Torreyes posted a video onto Instagram with Aaron Judge and a large shoulder wrap, people began to speculate.
Judge however, does not want to make any excuses for his midseason slump.
“I don’t like making excuses. My shoulder, my knee, any injury. Like I said, I was able to go out there and play, so it falls on me, not the shoulder or some nagging injury.” While Judge does not want to make excuses, it is clear that the shoulder effected his season.
The California native had all offseason in order to recover from the surgery, and according to him he is right on schedule for Opening Day.
“I feel like we’re right on the schedule progression we set up after the surgery,” stated Judge. “With that, the games that matter are in April. So if I miss a couple games, which I probably will, early in the spring, I’d rather miss those games than miss games starting at the end of March or early April.”
Right now, the main focus is making sure no. 99 is back in pinstripes for the upcoming season, and guaranteeing he is going to be healthy moving forward for the 2018 season. Giving him time in order to recover and go through his progressions in Spring Training is the most important part.