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.
Update on OF Aaron Judge: pic.twitter.com/Sr0ockH1Pg
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) November 21, 2017
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.