Yankees add another star to IL

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Aaron Judge won’t be back with the New York Yankees anytime soon, a further blow to an injury-decimated team with a mediocre record 31/2 weeks into the season.

New York’s biggest offensive threat and the heart of its clubhouse went on the injured list for the third time in four seasons Sunday, a day after straining the oblique muscle on the left side of his abdomen while hitting a sixth-inning single against Kansas City.

“Pretty significant strain in there,” manager Aaron Boone said. “These next couple of weeks will kind of be a lot of just the healing process, so I think once we get through these first couple of weeks then we’ll have a better timeline.”

Judge broke his right wrist when hit by a pitch by the Royals’ Jakob Junis last July 26 and did not return until Sept. 14. The Yankees were 65-36 when Judge went on the DL, went 25-20 while he was out, then won 10 of their final 16 games en route to a second-place finish in the AL East.

He became the Yankees’ major league-high 13th player on the injured list and the 14th overall this season, joining left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (strained left biceps), center fielder Aaron Hicks (strained left lower back), catcher Gary S’nchez (strained left calf), shortstop Didi Gregorius (Tommy John surgery), third baseman Miguel Andfljar (torn labrum in right shoulder) and first baseman Greg Bird (torn plantar fascia in left foot).

Those six and Judge accounted for 175 of the team’s record 267 homers last year, 515 of 851 runs and 515 of the 821 RBIs. In addition, new shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has a strained left calf.

New York’s starting lineup for the series finale against the Royals would have pushed the spring training rule requiring four regulars to make the trip for road games, resembling a Broadway show stocked with understudies near the end of a lengthy run.

DJ LeMahieu was at second, followed by designated hitter Luke Voit, center fielder Brett Gardner, right fielder Clint Frazier, left fielder Mike Tauchman, third baseman Gio Urshela, first baseman Mike Ford, catcher Austin Romine and shortstop Tyler Wade. New York gave second baseman Gleyber Torres a day off.

“You feel like this a great opportunity for us,” Boone said. “I feel like it can make the end all that much more sweet.”

The Yankees are 11-10 after Sunday’s win over Kansas City.

Elsewhere:

n The Tampa Bay Rays have placed outfielder Austin Meadows on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right thumb. Meadows was hurt when he awkwardly slid into third base on a two-run triple in the seventh inning of Saturday night’s 6-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox. He called it a “freak accident.” The 23-year-old right fielder said an MRI showed some damage and that he would be examined by a hand specialist. Meadows is hitting .351 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 20 games.

n Oakland Athletics pitcher Brett Anderson was pulled from his start against Toronto with a left ankle sprain he injured running off the mound in the third inning. Randal Grichuk hit a slow infield grounder in between third base and the mound. Anderson quickly moved to field the ball, slipped, then got up limping as a team trainer came out along with manager Bob Melvin. After a brief discussion Anderson threw two warmup pitches before Melvin called for reliever Yusmeiro Petit. Anderson allowed two runs on four hits and retired eight batters.

n Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Matt Shoemaker has a torn ACL in his left knee, cutting short yet another promising season for the oft-injured right-hander. Shoemaker was hurt at the end of a rundown Saturday, and Toronto announced the diagnosis and placed him on the 10-day injured list Sunday. The 32-year-old was 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA in five starts in his first season with Toronto. He was limited to seven starts last year with the Angels because of a strained right forearm. In 2016, he sustained a skull fracture when he was hit in the head by a line drive, and he’s had lingering forearm trouble for a while.

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