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NEW YORK (AP) —e New York Yankees anytime soon http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authen ... tis-jersey , a further blow to an injury-decimated team with a mediocre record 3½ 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.“Especially tough times like this, when a lot of guys are beat up, I wanted to be out there in the trenches with the guys every single day,” Judge said after Sunday’s 7-6, 10-inning win over Kansas City .Manager Aaron Boone called it a “pretty significant strain in there” and would not estimate a return date. Judge broke his right wrist when hit by a pitch by the Royals’ Jakob Junis last July 26, and while Boone originally projected a return in three weeks, Judge did not rejoin the Yankees until Sept. 14.“There’s no need to put a time, a clock on it, because what happened — just like what I did with the wrist last year,” Judge said. “So no need to go down that road again.”New York was 65-36 when Judge went on the DL, went 25-20 while he was out, then won 10 of its final 16 games en route to a second-place finish in the AL East. The Yankees are 11-10 this year.Asked whether he felt anything before the sixth-inning single, Judge paused three seconds before answering: “just on the swing.” Asked what his first thought was when he felt the pain, he responded to the surrounding media: “I can’t say that on TV. It wasn’t good.”Judge 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) Charlie Blackmon Jersey , center fielder Aaron Hicks (strained left lower back), catcher Gary Sánchez (strained left calf), shortstop Didi Gregorius (Tommy John surgery), third baseman Miguel Andújar (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.“You feel like this a great opportunity for us,” Boone said. “I feel like it can make the end all that much more sweet.”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, leaving Gardner and Voit as the only starters left from opening day.“They’re going to be just fine http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authen ... tis-jersey ,” Judge said. “Other guys get a chance to get some playing time and get a chance to show what they’ve got and step up.”Judge suffered a season-ending right oblique strain while fouling off a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 13, 2016. The Yankees called that a grade 2 strain, but Boone said Sunday there was no grade on this injury: “With obliques, they don’t grade; it’s not like that.”Said Judge: “I don’t think it’s as bad as the one I did in ’16, but it’s a different side.”He will be treated with ice until inflammation and pain subside, then work to regain mobility and strength.Sánchez, out since April 10 with a strained left calf, is scheduled to play a rehabilitation game Monday with Class A Charleston and could be activated before Wednesday’s game at the Los Angeles Angels. Hicks, Andújar and Tulowitzki were headed to the team’s Tampa, Florida, complex on Sunday to continue their rehabs; Hicks felt pain while taking batting practice on March 1, Andújar got hurt March 31 and Tulowitzki on April 3.Stanton, injured on March 31, will be evaluated in the next few days “and then it could potentially move fast,” according to Boone.New York’s sidelined pitchers includes ace Luis Severino (strained latissimus dorsi muscle), reliever Dellin Betances (right shoulder impingement) Trevor Story Jersey , and Jordan Montgomery and Ben Heller (both recovering from Tommy John surgery).Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has not played since 2017 because of a variety of ailments.“I don’t view him as being close,” Boone said. “He’s had different things that have popped up that haven’t allowed him to kind of break through and really get to that point to where we start thinking about heavy baseball activities.” It was more of the same for Springer from the Astros' victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2017 World Series. Springer won the series MVP on the strength of a 1.471 OPS and five home runs.This is typically where one pays lip service to the notion that elite postseason performers have a special gene that makes them all sparkly under the October lights. The "clutch gene," they call it.But while Springer himself can't help but wonder about that, even he hesitated to buy completely into it."I just think it's one of those times where the lights get brighter, the stage gets a little bit bigger, and I think guys tend to concentrate more," Springer said after the ALDS, according to Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post. "You hone in on stuff, and, again, I don't know. I'm not going to complain about it. I'm happy that it happened."For what it's worth, Springer knows as well as anyone that October stardom can be easy come, easy go.Take how he started his postseason career. He collected only five hits in 23 at-bats in Houston's abbreviated October run in 2015. He caught fire (1.180 OPS) when the Astros took down the Red Sox in last year's ALDS, but the fire quickly went out. He went 3-for-30 over his next eight games. Included within was a golden sombrero (four strikeouts) in Game 1 of the World Series.To his credit, Astros manager A.J. Hinch refused to drop Springer out of the leadoff spot or out of the lineup entirely. He issued a vote of confidence instead, which didn't go unnoticed by the man himself."For him to have my back and say that http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authen ... tis-jersey , 'You're still going to hit first and you're still going to set the tone for us,' it slowed me down," Springer told reporters.What followed was no ordinary World Series hot streak. Springer destroyed the Dodgers to the tune of a 1.693 OPS over the final six games. His five homers tied a World Series record. His 29 total bases set a new record.It ought to have been impossible for Springer to author a worthy follow-up to that performance this time around. But as ESPN's Buster Olney noted, he was back in record territory as soon as he slammed three homers against Cleveland:Buster Olney Buster_ESPNELIAS: Over his last 9 postseason games (dating back to Game 2 of 2017 World Series), George Springer is 17-for-39 (.436) with eight home runs. That鈥檚 tied for the most homers over a 9-game span in the postseason, done by three others: Reggie Jackson, Jim Thome, Carlos Beltran.Springer didn't go deep Saturday, but his single did run his postseason hitting streak to 10 games. Per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, that ties Lance Berkman for the longest in Astros history.Despite his occasional slumps, Springer now has a 1.008 OPS through his first 28 postseason games. That doesn't quite put him on the same level as Carlos Beltran (1.306) and Lou Gehrig (1.263) through the same stage, but it does sandwich him nicely in between Chipper Jones (1.010) and Paul Molitor (1.000).Ultimately, what the Astros have atop their lineup is a very good player who's totally locked in. Whether it's due to a special gene or blessing from the baseball gods, that's the reality of George Springer right now.Lucky for the Astros, they don't need to question it. They just need to enjoy it for as long as they can. Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference.