fr24news– The Yankees slugger hurt himself – then hurt himself dislocating his little finger – with a free kick and a hit that carried the Yankees to a 6-3 win on Sunday night at Fenway Park.
After twice coming within inches of the second out in the eighth inning, Judge crushed a two-run double against former teammate Adam Ottavino to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead for the Yankees.
“I felt like a cat,” Judge said. “I felt like I had nine lives there. “
As he dove head-first into second base – before jumping and triggering a forceful fist pump towards the Yankees dugout – the judge stuck his left little finger on the sack and dislocated it. After a coach was finally able to put his finger back on the pitch, Judge stayed in the game.
“I popped up, I really didn’t feel much, and then when I went to check my batting gloves I saw it was a little out of place,” Judge said. “I tried to put it back in place, it got stuck again, so I just needed help. Not too concerned with it. I really don’t know what’s going on with it, but I don’t really need him to hit, so I think we’re going to be in good shape.
The judge took his place in right field late in the inning and quickly had his left hand tested when he caught a ball.
“I hope we’re doing well,” manager Aaron Boone said. “We’ll have to see how the next 24 hours are. “
In order to deliver his clutch double at the top of the eighth, Judge got help from the Red Sox.
With runners on second and third and one out, Judge found himself in foul territory on the first base. Red Sox first baseman Bobby Dalbec tiptoed towards the wall but stopped with a few feet to spare and reached out to see the ball drop into the dirt, just beyond his outstretched glove.
Ottavino almost took Dalbec off a hook when he appeared to take Judge out on a foul. But wide receiver Christian Vazquez, after apparently getting the third strike in his glove, dropped the ball during the transfer to his throwing hand.
Home plate umpire Joe West ruled it was a third abandoned strike on the tip of the foul, giving the judge new life. The Red Sox did not contest the appeal as it is not reviewable, and moments later Judge arrived with a 118.4 mph rocket out of the way to lead both innings.
“You can’t give this man too many more chances,” said Giancarlo Stanton.