Less than 24 hours after celebrating the clinching of a Wild Card spot, the Yankees suffered two losses. First, the team dropped the series finale to the Orioles in deflating fashion. The worse loss, however, came with Aaron Boone’s postgame conference. It’s here that he told reporters that Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius suffered a cartilage tear in his right wrist.
The injury occurred last night, as Gregorius scored on Aaron Hicks’ walk-off hit. Didi slid head first into home, scoring the winning run, but tearing the cartilage in his wrist in the process. According to Bryan Hoch, he underwent an MRI and received a cortisone shot. It is possible that this ends the season for the Yankees shortstop.
Here’s what Aaron Boone had to say on the matter:
Didi Gregorius could potentially miss the rest of the 2018 season after suffering a wrist injury Saturday vs. Baltimore. pic.twitter.com/gQEYYkMv99— YES Network (@YESNetwork) September 23, 2018
Gregorius, 28, has hit .268/.336/.498 on the season. He has a career high in home runs (27) and wRC+ (121). Didi missed a few weeks in August with a bruised heel, and disappeared at the plate in May. Save for those two instances, he’s been a staple in the Yankees’ lineup. Losing him ahead of the playoffs seriously hurts.
For now the Yankees will wait and hope that the cortisone treatment works. If not, they will have to rely on the likes of Gleyber Torres, Neil Walker, and Adeiny Hechavarria. A major injury to a key player is the last thing the team needs as it tries to wrap up home-field advantage for the Wild Card Game. Get well soon, Didi.