On Wednesday afternoon, Yankees manager Aaron Boone called into The Michael Kay Show. Given the recent injury outbreak that has befallen the team, Boone had no shortage of updates to provide. And, for the most part, he delivered good news!
The Yankees clinched a postseason berth last Saturday with a walk-off win over the Orioles. The Bombers lost their starting shortstop in the process, however, as Gregorius tore some cartilage in his right wrist on the scoring play. Didi insisted the injury wouldn’t end his season, and today’s reports appear to back this up.
Earlier in the day, Kay tweeted out an optimistic, albeit vague, note on the shortstop.
Boone then followed it up with an official announcement. “Yes,” the skipper affirmed, “[Gregorius] got good news — cleared to go. So he might be down there as we speak actually, doing his tee and toss, and he’ll hit in the cage today.” While there’s no word on when Didi will rejoin the lineup, this stands out as some best-case scenario stuff.
Hicks, who provided the walk-off hit that scored Didi, found himself injured shortly thereafter. The Yankees center fielder departed from Monday night’s game with a tight hamstring. Like Gregorius, Hicks doesn’t believe the injury to be serious and expects to return for the final series of the season.
Aaron Hicks said he hit in the cage and ran on a treadmill, feels “great.” Expects to play on Friday at Fenway.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 26, 2018
Boone echoed that sentiment. “I think we’re in a good spot there,” he said of Hicks’ timetable, “playing it conservatively. Got the MRI, there’s no grade of strain, which is good news, just a little bit of tightness in there. So we’re just being cautious with it.” He mentioned Friday as the target date for Hicks to return.
The Yankees scratched Torres from the lineup yesterday with hip tightness. While Torres indicated that he felt good enough to come off the bench, Boone is going to give him another day off. He is not in Wednesday’s lineup. At this point it just makes sense to keep him off the turf, doesn’t it?