This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
I have covered a lot of strange and unusual things in my time as the injury analyst for Rotowire. I've written about bed bugs, bat bites and testicular torsion. I've seen players injure themselves while riding mopeds, snowboarding and sneezing. But I have never had to write about players playing in a global pandemic. As Major League Baseball looks to embark on a shortened season in this unique climate, it's important to remember the normal trends for injuries and player health will look drastically different for the year. The threat of contracting COVID-19 will linger, and the risk of soft tissue injuries could increase with a truncated "spring training" and condensed schedule. I'm no epidemiologist, but I'm going to try to help navigate the upcoming season to the best of my abilities. I'm hoping that the players who opt to play can remain healthy, and I tip my cap to the players who felt staying home was the right decision for themselves and their families.
I would recommend fantasy owners consider adding a DL spot in most formats this season and use this unusual season to try other approaches or strategies. Good luck this year and I hope fantasy sports provides you with a sense of normalcy in these uncertain times.
When last we saw the hard-hitting Yankees outfielder he was dealing with a stress fracture in his first rib. The forced hiatus allowed Judge to recuperate without missing any time, and he has been swinging a