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Judge has fractured rib; shut down for 2 weeks

Aaron Judge has been unable to participate in on-field batting practice this spring, and that will continue for at least two more weeks after the Yankees slugger was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his first right rib that might require surgery, manager Aaron Boone said Friday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

The Yankees plan to offer Judge two more weeks of rest before re-evaluating his progress with a CT scan. Judge said that he believes the rib injury dates to an attempted catch Sept. 18 against the Angels at Yankee Stadium, which may partially explain why the outfielder recently has been mentioning discomfort in his right shoulder and right pectoral area.

“At least we have an answer, so now we can start working on a solution,” Judge said. “But overall, I’m just mad. I want to be out there with my team, especially in Spring Training. We have a good team here, a good club. We have a lot of goals here in 2020, and I want to be out there. But the first thing is you’ve got to get this healed, get it right and then we can move forward.”