Aaron Judge’s health is already a problem.
The right-back fielder was kept out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Orioles with what Aaron Boone called “general tenderness in his [left] page”
The manager said it was not an oblique injury, and since the Yankees had a day off Thursday, “I will not take any chances.”
The Yankees start a series in Tampa Bay on Friday, and the referee has injured his legs by playing on the lawn at Tropicana Field.
The referee did not dive for a ball in the right field in Tuesday’s victory over the Orioles and did not appear to run aggressively at the bases, although he looked good on the plate, paid tribute to another straight night and hit the ball hard consistently.
Boone said he did not expect the referee to take any tests, though the 28-year-old is expected to undergo treatment and stretch before Wednesday’s game with the possibility of being used late “in a big place.”
Referee sat in the last three games spring training, two by design and a third due to allergies. He had started all five of the Yankees’ previous games, including one in DH, but has struggled with oblique injuries and rib injuries throughout his career.