Manager Aaron Boone began Saturday by expressing optimism that some of the Yankees' star hitters were getting closer and closer to his return.
Then, Aaron Judge left in the sixth inning against the Royals after looking like he had injured himself by swinging on a single to the right.
The judge ran first to the game with clear discomfort and was removed from the game by running back Tyler Wade. The judge suffered a left oblique injury and was sent to the Presbyterian Hospital in New York to undergo an MRI exam.
If Judge, who screamed in frustration on returning to the dugout, is on the disabled list, he would be the 14th player sent by the Yankees this season, with Gary Sanchez a few days away from rejoining the team on his next West Coast. trip.
And the only healthy player in Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre who is on the 40-man squad is Thairo Estrada. If the Yankees called him, Wade would be the fourth outfielder, with only Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier and Tauchman currently on the list.
Aaron Hicks (back), Giancarlo Stanton (biceps) and Jacoby Ellsbury (plantar fasciitis) are already out.