When retired Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran strained his left oblique in 2015, he didn’t spend that much time away from the field, but he didn’t fully recover from the injury all year.
He thinks the same might happen to Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge.
“I don’t think so,” Beltran said when asked if he thought Judge, currently on the injured list with a strained left oblique, would return to full health this season.
Beltran was speaking at a celebrity softball game for the PitCCh In foundation, Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia’s charity that raises money for inner-city youth, at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
Beltran, now a special assistant to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, said he’s spoken with Judge about the injury and relayed his experience to the 26-year-old slugger.
Judge suffered the injury while swinging in a home game against the Royals on April 20. He’s been on the injury list ever since. Yankees manager Aaron Boone has described the strain as “pretty significant” and if the team has a timetable for his return, it hasn’t shared it. The 2017 American League Rookie of the Year hasn’t started performing baseball activities.