Good news, New York Yankees fans. Your team has won three in a row and maintain a four-game grip on the top wild card spot. But there is also some bad news. Yankees just keep getting hurt. On Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays, shortstop Didi Gregorius picked up a fairly serious heel injury. Serious enough, in fact, that he would require a trip to the hospital. Right now, manager Aaron Boone isn’t ruling out a DL stint.
“It’s something that we’ll kind of monitor over the next 24 hours. It could potentially be a DL thing. So, not great there, but we’ll just kind of see where we are tomorrow. Nothing broken or anything like that, but he’s got a pretty significant bruise on his heel. There’s some swelling in there.,” he said via ESPN.
Gregorius, meanwhile, is producing another fine season in the Bronx. On the season, he’s slashing .270/.333/.482 with 22 home runs. This is his third consecutive season with 20 or more home runs — with his career-high being 25 last season. There’s still a good chance Didi can break that this season. For now, though, it’s all about ensuring he’s healthy. After all, we’re in the stretch run.
In the meantime, Aaron Judge is still out. Plus the Yankees are 9.5 games back of first in the AL East. In other words, the division chase is probably over. Therefore, the Yankees just need to make sure everyone is healthy enough for a potential one-off wild card game. Since coming over in a three-time trade back in December of 2014, Gregorius is slashing .274/.318/.443 with 76 home runs. His last three seasons, however — .278/.318/.468; 67 home runs — have shown plenty of progress from the player he was four years ago.
And the Yankees will need him at his best come playoff time.