Yankees star outfielder Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list after exiting New York's 9–2 win over the Royals on Saturday with a left oblique injury, the club announced Sunday. Infielder Thairo Estrada was recalled in a corresponding roster move.
When asked after Saturday's game if he thought Judge would avoid the IL, Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters, "No. Probably not."
Judge left the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. He winced and grabbed his left side as he made his way to first base after hitting a single. The team later announced that Judge was taken to NewYork Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation and an MRI, and that Thairo Estrada is expected to replace him on Sunday's roster.
In the first innning, the 26-year-old rightfielder hit his fifth home run of the season to put the Yankees on the board on Saturday.