Aaron Judge undergoes successful shoulder surgery

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Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge, a unanimous selection as AL Rookie of the Year, underwent an arthroscopic "clean-up" of his left (non-throwing) shoulder Monday in Los Angeles and is expected to be fully recovered before spring training, the Yankees announced Tuesday.

Judge was also in the running for MVP, but lost out to Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve.

The anticipated recovery time will be completed in advance of the start of spring training. Yankees position players are set to report to Tampa, Fla., on February 18, 2018.

If the shoulder was bothering Judge, it didn't show in September, when he hit.311/.463/.889 (233 wRC+) with 15 home runs, his most in any month. Hopefully Judge's rehab goes well and he comes back next season at full strength, because if this season was any indication, he's pretty excellent even when his shoulder is barking.

Judge still wound up taking home AL Rookie of the Year honors and finished second in AL Most Valuable Player Award balloting.

Judge led the AL in home runs, runs scored (128) and walks (127), and captured the Home Run Derby during All-Star week in Miami.



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