Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge sustained a chip fracture in his right wrist after being hit by a pitch in the first inning of Thursday night’s 7-2 win over the Kansas City Royals.
He is expected to miss three weeks, the Yankees announced.
Judge underwent an MRI and CT scan at New York Presbyterian Hospital following an examination at Yankee Stadium by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad.
The Yankees said Judge will not be expected to need surgery, but will be forced to sit out about three weeks before he can swing a bat in a game.
“I’m concerned anytime our players have to leave the game with something, and obviously Judgey is so important,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said shortly before Judge’s diagnosis was revealed.
Judge was struck by a full-count, 93 mph fastball from Royals pitcher Jakob Junis in the first inning, according to reports.
After visibly grimacing in pain and slamming down his gear, Judge walked slowly up the first-base line. When he reached first, trainer Steve Donahue came out to check on his right hand and wrist. Judge remained in the game at that point.
After scoring on a Giancarlo Stanton sacrifice fly later in the inning, Judge came back up to hit in the third, reaching on an infield single. When his next plate appearance arrived an inning later, Judge was removed. Miguel Andujar pinch hit for him.
“I was just trying to go heater away, and it totally got away from me,” Junis said. “I tried humping up a little extra on it, and I just really came open and let it go.”
Judge, who entered Thursday’s game batting .283 with 26 home runs and 61 RBIs, served as the Yankees’ designated hitter for the game.