The team is calling it a strained oblique, which was suffered in Saturday's win over the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. Judge lined a single in to right field, but came up limping down the first base line on the play and was taken out of the game. The right fielder went deep for the fifth time of the season earlier in the day.
He was officially placed on the injured list before Sunday's game against the Royals, which the Yankees won on a walk-off in 10 innings. Judge's luck has not been good against the Royals in his career, as he also broke his wrist on a hit by pitch against Royals' pitcher Jakob Junis on June 26th of last year, and he did not return until September 14th. When he went down, the Yankees went 25-20 after a 65-36 start, and then went on to win 10 of their last 16 games after his return. Judge is the 14th player overall to land on the IL for the Yankees this season, easily leading the entire league, as they sit one game over .500, 2.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for first in the AL East.