Aaron Judge May 16, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees have been without star outfielder Aaron Judge since the beginning of June, and there is still no timetable for his return. This led to an unfortunate, but expected announcement from Judge regarding the upcoming MLB All-Star Game.

Judge was voted in by fans as an American League All-Star starter. However, he took to social media to let fans know that he will not be making the trip to Seattle for the game, instead taking the All-Star break to rehab from his toe injury.

“I wanted to take the time to say thank you to all the fans who voted me in as a starter for the 2023 All-Star game in Seattle,” Judge wrote. “I feel truly blessed to be included in this group of outstanding players. It is an honor to be among those names.

“Unfortunately, I will not be making the trip to Seattle. I plan to take this time to heal and rehab so I can get back on the field for my team and all of you. Again, I can’t thank the fans of MLB enough, you are all a huge part of what makes this game so great, and I cannot wait to get back out there.”

Fans were obviously upset with this announcement, but understood that it is probably for the best as he tries to return to action as soon as possible.

Yankees fans in particular have to be happy to hear that Judge is prioritizing his return for his team over the All-Star game. The Yankees have struggled massively since his departure from the lineup, with a 14-17 record since his injury on June 3rd.

[Aaron Judge on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.