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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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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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