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Gio Urshela suffers mild ankle sprain, expects to be ready for ALDS

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Urshela hobbled off the field in the fourth inning.

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Of course, the Yankees couldn’t make it through Game 162 without removing a player due to injury.

Third baseman Gio Urshela departed from the field in the bottom of the fourth inning after taking an awkward step while attempting to field a groundball. Some reporters are speculating that he twisted his ankle, but the official word remains to be seen. Tyler Wade came into the game to take over at the hot corner.

Urshela, 27, has been a key contributor this season. He’s hit .314/.355/.534 with 21 home runs (132 wRC+). Losing him to injury would obviously throw a wrench into the postseason plans. The third baseman figured to be a major player in October. Hopefully this was just a precautionary move on the final day of the regular season.

It’s wild how this team can’t go two days without someone getting hurt. That they pulled off a division title and won 103 games (so far) is almost miraculous.

We’ll have more information on Urshela as it becomes available. Stay tuned...

Update: Urshela suffered a “mild left ankle sprain”. Both Aaron Boone and Urshela himself said he would be ready for Friday’s ALDS game.

Exhale, everyone.