The New York Yankees are dealing with some recent uncompromising injury news, as superstars Gerrit Cole and Aaron Judge are set to hit the shelf for a bit.

Cole, 33, underwent an MRI on his right elbow on Monday. He is scheduled to have more testing on Tuesday, as the results of his first MRI have not returned. Cole reported a slower recovery time on his elbow between starts, which has led to concern for the reigning AL Cy Young winner and Yankees organization. The injury to Cole is undoubtedly a huge blow to the Yankees, who are looking to return to the postseason after missing out in 2023.

To win the AL Cy Young last season, Cole put up a 15-4 record with a 2.63 ERA, 165 ERA+, 3.16 FIP, 0.981 WHIP, and 222 strikeouts in 209 innings pitched. Cole has been highly durable since joining the Yankees in 2020, as he has never appeared on the injured list during his New York tenure (COVID-19 IL in 2021). He is no longer expected to start on Opening Day against the Astros.

Judge, 31, is set to take a break from swinging until later in the week after reporting discomfort in his abdominal area. Judge exited Sunday’s game vs Atlanta after two at-bats, which caused some alarm in the Yankees universe. An MRI on Judge’s abs on Monday came back clean, but the organization will take it slow with the 2022 AL MVP, as there is no reason to push the limits. Judge hopes to be available for Opening Day.

In 106 games last season, Judge hit .267 with a .406 OBP, .613 SLG, 1.019 OPS, 75 OPS+, 37 homers, and 75 RBI.


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