Sport Yankees slugger Aaron Judge says shoulder not an excuse for midseason slump

00:00  15 february  2018
00:00  15 february  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Yankees slugger Aaron Judge says shoulder not an excuse for midseason slump Aaron Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder this offseason, and

- For the first time, Aaron Judge said that the left shoulder he had arthroscopic surgery on in November started bothering him around the All-Star break last season -- right about the time the New York Yankees outfielder went into an extended slump .

Aaron Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder this offseason, and he said he started feeling the pain in July.

Judge, who was named American League Rookie of the Year last season after bashing 52 home runs, batted .329 before the All-Star break, but dipped down to .228 after. Despite the pain in his shoulder, Judge said it wasn't the reason for his dip in form.

"I felt it midway through the season last year," Judge said Wednesday, via ESPN.com. "But it came down to, 'Can you play?' And I could play. ... If I was able to play, I was going to go out there and be ready for my team.

"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."

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- For the first time, Aaron Judge said that the left shoulder he had arthroscopic surgery on in November started bothering him around the All-Star break last season -- right about the time the New York Yankees outfielder went into an extended slump .

- For the first time, Aaron Judge said that the left shoulder he had arthroscopic surgery on in November started bothering him around the All-Star break last season -- right about the time the New York Yankees outfielder went into an extended slump .

a close up of a man in a baseball uniform: Aaron Judge © Getty Images Aaron Judge

After taking the MLB world by storm, and even getting his own fan section at Yankee Stadium, Judge is taking it slow this offseason. He also has competition for fan support because the only guy who hit more home runs than him last year, Giancarlo Stanton (59), is now his teammate.

"I feel like we're right on the schedule progression we set up after the surgery," Judge said. "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. So we're on the right track and everything is working out the way it's supposed to."

Early in the season, Judge and Stanton could split time as designated hitter with the other occupying a corner outfield spot. New manager Aaron Boone was non-committal on who would start the season in the outfield.

"I've had conversations with both of them," Boone said, "and whatever situation we work out in the end, I think we'll have buy-in from two great players."

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