According to the Yankees, Judge underwent "a loose-body removal and cartilage clean-up, " performed by Dr. Neil ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Monday. Yankees position players are set to report to Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 18, 2018.
Throughout much of his second-half funk, Aaron Judge was repeatedly asked if his left shoulder - which was routinely packed in ice after games - was bothering him.
Judge regularly abbreviated any conversations about what he was feeling in his shoulder, describing the wrap as mostly for maintenance. In September, though, he got hot again, belting 15 homers and batting.311.
In a nearly two-month span, from the All-Star break through Sept. 2, Judge batted only.176 with 70 strikeouts in 199 plate appearances.
The runner-up to Houston's Jose Altuve in the AL MVP balloting, Judge established a rookie record with 52 home runs in 2017, surpassing Mark McGwire's previous record of 49 homers set in 1987.