For the Yankees, the long shadow of the injury specter apparently extends to the end of the season. Third baseman Gio Urshela departed from Tuesday night’s game in the seventh inning after getting hit by a pitch earlier in the evening.
Urshela took a 94 mph sinker off the left hand hand in the sixth inning. He was in noticeable pain while at first base, and the YES cameras caught his hand bruising in real time. The third baseman talked his way into remaining in the game, playing third base in the bottom half, but he was out in the seventh inning. DJ LeMahieu, who had been playing first, moved over to the hot corner to replace Urhsela.
The 27-year-old is in the midst of a career season, hitting .315/.356/.532 with 20 home runs (131 wRC+). He missed time recently with a groin injury, but looked to have enough time to shake off rust before the postseason. The team expects to have Edwin Encarnacion and Gary Sanchez back soon, but it would be cool to not constantly swap players to and from the injured list.
This remains a developing situation. Pinstripe Alley will have more information as it becomes available.
Update 11:41 PM: Good news, everyone, the X-rays came back negative on Urshela’s hand.
X-rays were negative on Gio Urshela. They're calling it a bruised left hand.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 25, 2019
Aaron Boone even told reporters Urshela could play tomorrow, but that will be a game-time decision. You can exhale now.