This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
In what is becoming a routine occurrence, the latest MLB injury analysis starts with a Yankee. This week it's Judge's turn to head to the training room. The New York slugger is expected to miss a considerable amount of time after suffering a "pretty significant" oblique strain.
The oblique muscles are categorized into two separate groups, the internal obliques and the external obliques. The external obliques are the larger of the two and help pull the chest downward during respiration (breathing). The internal obliques sit below the external obliques and are responsible for compressing the abdomen during exhalation (breathing out). Additionally, the two groups work synergistically with the muscles on the opposite side to carry out trunk rotation. For example, if Judge wants to move his right shoulder across his body toward his left hip, he would have to fire his left internal oblique and his right external oblique. Judge's injury is on his left side, limiting his ability to throw and swing a bat. While the team hasn't revealed the exact oblique injured, an internal oblique strain seems likely. The internal obliques are the more commonly injured muscle group based on their positioning and role in movement.
The term "significant" seems to suggest a moderate-to-severe strain, and Judge has previously missed time with an oblique strain on his right side. As a result, it seems likely his recovery will be measured in weeks, not days. Fantasy owners should anticipate him sitting for at least six weeks.