The bad news keeps coming for the Yankees. Earlier today, the team announced that they placed Didi Gregorius on the 10-day disabled, retroactive to August 20th, with a left heel contusion. As a corresponding move, the club recalled Luke Voit from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Yankees shortstop suffered the injury on Sunday during a game against the Blue Jays. He collided with Kendrys Morales while trying to run out a groundball. That resulted in an awkward stumble and fall. The team removed him from the game and shortly thereafter manager Aaron Boone indicated that it would likely require a DL stint.
Gregorius, 28, has been his usual, reliable presence in the Yankees’ lineup. He’s batting .270/.333/.482 on the year with 22 home runs. His 118 wRC+ marks a career high. Those numbers stand out as even more impressive when one considers the dreadful slump he went through in May. Sir Didi bounced right back, though, and helped stabilize the Yankees’ offense.
Voit, meanwhile, has yet to get it going at the plate. The 27-year-old is hitting .185/.267/.296 with one home run at the big league level in 2018. He’s fared better at Triple-A Scranton, posting a .310/.375/.483 batting line with a homer since coming over from the Cardinals. It’s safe to assume Voit will occupy a bench role while Gleyber Torres and Ronald Torreyes cover the middle infield.
There’s no replacing Gregorius when it comes to production. The trouble gets compounded when one considers the Yankees are also playing without Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge. While Sanchez’s return looms, Judge still has a long way to go. The Bombers will need to keep afloat with another injury at a significant point in the season. They’ve been doing it for about a month now, here’s hoping they can keep it up.