NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Didi Gregorius #18 of the New York Yankees connects on a 2-run home run in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on September 21, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Update – Aaron Boone spoke with the media Monday at The Trop (before Mother Nature tried to rid the world of the sad excuse for a ballpark by striking it with lightning) and provided an update on Gregorius. The skipper reports Gregorius feels “significantly better” and there are “signs of optimism.” Watch the full interview below:
9/23 – The Yankees’ champagne celebration was short-lived.
Following the team’s 6-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, manager Aaron Boone announced that shortstop Didi Gregorius tore cartilage in his right wrist while sliding headfirst into home plate as the Yankees’ game-winning run on Saturday. With that run, New York clinched a spot in the AL Wild Card game, which will be played on October 3.
According to Boone, Gregorius underwent an MRI and cortisone injection on Sunday, and he’ll be re-evaluated in a few days.
“I think there’s a real possibility [we get Gregorius back]. There’s also a possibility that we don’t,” Boone told the YES Network. “We’ll see in a few days and see how the wrist responds to the cortisone shot. Didi’s a great player, and I think everyone in this room understands how important he is to our team. Kind of an anchor for us defensively in the infield, obviously what he brings from the left side of the plate.
“So, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. But hopefully we’ll get some good news here in a few days that it responds how we hope.”
In 132 games this season, Gregorius has slashed .268/.336/.498 with a career-high 27 home runs, 23 doubles, five triples, 86 RBI, and 120 OPS-plus.
“I have some movement in there,” Gregorius told MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. “They say things like this happen to other players. Some of them have played through it. We’re going to see how it goes. If it feels better, I’ll be back in there so we can still make that playoff decision.”