New York Yankees’ second baseman Rougned Odor left Tuesday night’s against the Houston Astros after colliding with Astros catcher Martin Maldonado in the sixth inning.
Odor twisted his knee as he stepped down. Maldonado got hit in the head and then the shoulder. Phil Nevin yells 'fuck yeah' then points and says 'knee!' pic.twitter.com/UR2bIqLQFF
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) May 5, 2021
The incident happened after DJ LeMahieu hit a bases-loaded single to Alex Bregman whose errant throw to first baseman Yuli Gurriel enabled three runs to score.
DJ LeMahieu gives New York the lead!
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— YES Network (@YESNetwork) May 5, 2021
Odor just barely beat the throw to the plate and found himself tangled up with the catcher trying to make the tag. Odor immediately fell to the ground after his left leg made direct contact with Maldonado’s left shoulder. It’s pretty clear Odor hyper extended the knee on the collision and even more clear that he’s grabbed his left hamstring area after he fell to the ground.
Really really scary. Hope Maldonado and Odor are both ok pic.twitter.com/IlSZrBN0WE
— Ben Verlander (@Verly32) May 5, 2021
It took Odor quite a while to get back on his feet after the scary situation but he eventually walked back to the dugout assisted but putting weight on the injured leg. Once in the dugout, it appeared Odor was able to walk around unassisted but in pain.
Odor helped off the field. Looked like Odor rolled his left ankle pretty badly, and hit it against Maldonado’s head. Broadcast camera showed Odor walking around the dugout with no assistance. pic.twitter.com/vMCn01VkLg
— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) May 5, 2021
Odor, who’s batting .165 with four home runs and 11 RBIs since joining the team on April 10 to help fill infield gaps left by Luke Voit’s injury and Jay Bruce’s retirement, made his way to the MRI machine after the game.
INF Rougned Odor left tonight's game with an injury to his left knee. He was examined by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. He will undergo an MRI and further diagnostics at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital later tonight.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 5, 2021
In a post-game interview, manager Aaron Boone said he was “hopeful” that Odor would be fine. Boone went on to explain that Odor had been “moving around pretty good” in the clubhouse but wouldn’t speculate any further on the injury.
All this comes the same day Voit started his rehab assignment in triple-A going 2-for-3 with a walk in his first live game appearance since his meniscus surgery during spring training.
Luke Voit double on the first pitch of tonight’s Triple A game! pic.twitter.com/YQEXwiTkiw
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) May 4, 2021
The Yankees ended the game with everyone’s favorite backup infield Tyler Wade playing second base. Although Wade was useless at the plate as always he made a ridiculous jumping catch to rob Jose Altuve of a base hit.
Tyler Wade takes a hit away from Jose Altuve pic.twitter.com/7lqmwtCnQm
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) May 5, 2021
Depending on the results of Odor’s MRI Yankees fans may need to get used to seeing Tyler Wade at second base, giving Yankee fans another reasons to pine for Luke Voit.