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Yankees’ Outfielder Aaron Judge Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

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In a statement that was unexpected, the New York Yankees announced on Tuesday that right fielder Aaron Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder. The surgery took place on Monday in Los Angeles and was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

The Yankees PR Department tweeted out a statement on Tuesday afternoon announcing that Judge had underwent successful surgery on his left shoulder.

According to this statement, Judge is not expected to miss significant time. He should be ready for spring training.

It was no secret that Judge was having shoulder problems this season. However, he did not appear to think that these shoulder issues were a big deal, at least not in his public comments. It is likely that these problems contributed to the slump that Judge went through right after the All-Star break.

Judge is coming off a season in which he won the American League Rookie of the Year Award, and also finished second in the AL MVP Award voting. After going through a slump early in the second half of the season, Judge turned it on again at the end of the year. In the month of September, he batted .311 with 15 home runs and 32 RBIs.

During the 2017 season, Judge batted .284 with 52 homers and 114 RBIs. The Yankees really could not have hoped for a better performance from him in his rookie season.

Although this surgery came as a surprise to many Yankee fans, it does not seem to be something to worry about. Judge needed to get some cartilage removed from his left shoulder and also get it cleaned up, and the offseason was the perfect time to do this. You can expect him to be fully healthy and ready to go by the time spring training rolls around.

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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