June 12, 2021

Yankees’ Aaron Judge says rib improving, also had collapsed lung (ESPN)

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge told reporters Friday that his fractured rib is improving, and he also disclosed that he suffered a partially collapsed lung.

Two weeks ago, manager Aaron Boone said a fractured rib revealed by a CT scan was why Judge had been suffering tightness in his shoulder and pectoral area, thus significantly limiting his baseball activities since early February.

The Yankees never divulged the pneumothorax, commonly called a collapsed lung. Judge said a scheduled CT scan Friday showed the pneumothorax had fully healed and that had been slight progress in the healing of the rib.

“The pneumothorax came back completely gone, which a good thing,” Judge told reporters outside Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. “Good to go, which means I can fly if I needed to go home. A little thing on the lung that we were having a little issue with, but that was all healed up. … The bone is healing the way it should be.”

Judge said he would have another test in a few weeks “and go from there.”

With the season delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Judge likely will…

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