It’s almost a nightly ritual now: The Yankees win a game, confirm themselves as one of Major League Baseball’s best teams — and lose a player or two to injury in the process. On Sunday night, it was Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres who went down.
Both might end up avoiding injured list stints, but for the Yankees, it’s the continuation of a troubling trend.
Aaron Boone: Gleyber Torres has a core issue and went to the hospital for some tests. … Gio Urshela is sore. X-rays were negative. pic.twitter.com/FgvZfNL3kw
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 5, 2019
A scary situation
Torres left the Yankees’ game against the Boston Red Sox in the eighth inning after grimacing while running out a ground ball. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after the game Torres had a core injury and went to the hospital for testing.
Obviously, that’s a scary situation and Torres’ health is the most important thing. Torres’ father tweeted later in the night that the hospital had discharged Gleyber and that he planned on making the trip to Baltimore to join the Yankees for their next series.
Después del susto de esta noche, GT está saliendo del hospital y todo está bien, lo espera el bus y van directo a Baltimore 👍🏽👍🏽.
— Eusebio Torres (@usebeisbol) August 5, 2019
Urshela’s double ouch
The Yankees’ pristine record this season is doubly impressive when you consider how many of their key players have been injured. Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Edwin Encarnacion, Aaron Hicks and many more have missed time this season, and yet the Yankees keep on winning.
A big reason for that is the Yankees’ depth. No one has embodied that better than Urshela, who became the Yanks’ full-time third baseman when Miguel Andujar was lost for the season. All Urshela has done is hit .314/.359/.522 with good defense.
So when Urshela fouled a ball off of his left leg in the ninth inning and hobbled around, there was concern. When he got back up and resumed batting, he fouled a ball off his right leg and went down for good.
Boone said X-rays were negative and that Urshela is day to day.
The Yankees might have dodged the worst of the injury news on this day, but they’ve got to hope to start winning games and not losing players in the process.
Gio Urshela has both legs wrapped. Says he feels good and will travel with the team to Baltimore.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) August 5, 2019
(h/t New York Daily News)