DKNG Stock – Aaron Judge injury: Yankees OF not in lineup Wednesday vs. Orioles due to soreness
Update: April 7, 10:54 p.m. — After the Yankees’ tough 4-3 loss to the O’s in extra innings on Wednesday, Boone told reporters that he wasn’t comfortable using Judge as a pinch-hitter late in the game. Boone basically said he wasn’t sure if Judge would be in the lineup Friday vs. the Rays. So this sounds like Boone was downplaying the injury earlier in the day. We’ll see if Judge ends up being in the lineup on Friday but for now we need to at least be prepared for him to sit again.
Aaron Boone said he was “staying away” from using Aaron Judge tonight. Says it’s too early to know if Judge will be in the lineup Friday against the Rays. Issue was described as side soreness earlier today.
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) April 8, 2021
New York Yankees OF Aaron Judge is sitting out of Wednesday’s lineup vs. the Baltimore Orioles. We all assumed it was just a scheduled off day for the slugger with the Yankees off on Thursday. This would give Judge an extra day of rest before the Bronx Bombers start a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays down in Florida. Now, we’re seeing that Judge is dealing with some “soreness” in his side, per manager Aaron Boone.
Aaron Judge had some side “soreness,” Aaron Boone said. Sitting him today plus tomorrow’s off day to not push it.
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) April 7, 2021
Judge should be fine for Friday’s matchup with the Rays. It’s worth noting that he’s feeling sore and we’re only a week into the 2021 MLB season. Judge has a long history of injuries and his oblique has been an issue in the past. Fortunately, the Yankees have always had the depth to sustain injuries to players in the middle of the batting order. Gleyber Torres will move up to the 2-hole on Wednesday vs. the Orioles with Aaron Hicks batting third in front of Giancarlo Stanton.
Clint Frazier will take over in RF for Judge while Brett Gardner will stick in the lineup in LF with Hicks in center. At $4,500, Frazier is an interesting DFS option on DraftKings. Torres is only $200 more than Frazier and owns the Orioles in his career with 16 HRs in 39 games. Both players are decent mid-range options if you’re looking to stack the Yanks against John Means.
Judge being out of the lineup shouldn’t make you overthink the ML for the Yankees, which is -200 on DraftKings Sportsbook. New York is starting Jameson Taillon in his team debut and first action since 2019. Judge being out of the lineup makes things a bit easier on Means, but not by much since Gary Sanchez and Frazier are back in there.