Didi Gregorius Tears Wrist Cartilage; Status for Playoffs Unknown
Injuries never happen at a good time, but with a week remaining in the regular season andstill in a fight for home field in the AL Wild Card, this would be an awful time for the New York Yankees to lose Didi Gregorius.
Didi, and his 27 HRs and 86 RBIs, reportedly suffered a small tear in the cartilage in his wrist while sliding head first into home plate with the winning run in Saturday night's 3-2, 11-inning win over the Orioles that clinched a postseason birth for the Yankees. Sunday morning, he said it didn't feel right.
As of Sunday night, it was unclear if Gregorius would be available for the playoffs or have to miss the remainder of 2018, per Yankees.com:
The tear is "a small one," according to Gregorius, who said that the prospect of surgery has not been raised at this time. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that Gregorius will be re-evaluated in a few days, and said that he is "unsure" if the Yankees will get Gregorius back this year.
"There's a real possibility we do. There's also a possibility that we don't," Boone said. "We'll know a lot more in a few days when we see how the wrist responds to the cortisone shot."
The Yankees went on to lose to Baltimore by a 6-3 final on Sunday. Oakland lost too, meaning New York still holds a 1.5 games lead for the first AL Wild Card with one week to play.
If the Bronx Bombers can secure home field advantage for the Wild Card game, they'll do it on the road. All seven remaining games aren't in the Bronx - four in Tampa and three in Boston.
The A's remaining schedule has them on the road too, with three in Seattle and three in Los Angeles.