Yankees Get Brutal News, Lose Star Player Whose Dive Clinched the Playoffs


The play on which the New York Yankees clinched a playoff berth Saturday night could be more costly in the long run than it was beneficial in the short term.

During the team’s playoff-clinching, walk-off win over the Orioles, shortstop Didi Gregorius injured his right wrist sliding into home in the bottom of the 11th inning.

Gregorius scored on the play to give the Yankees a 3-2 win and secure one of the two wild-card spots in the American League. But the wrist got snagged on the head-first dive, causing the injury.

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Yankee manager Brett Boone said Sunday that Gregorius had an MRI and it revealed that he tore some cartilage in his right wrist. He was treated with a cortisone shot and will be re-evaluated this week to see how it responds.

When asked if Gregorius will be able to play in the playoffs, Boone was non-committal.

“Unsure,” Boone said. “There’s a real possibility we do (have him back this season), there’s also a possibility that we don’t. We’ll know a lot more in a few days and see how the wrists responds to the cortisone shot.”

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In a lineup of sluggers, Gregorius has arguably been the Yankees best and most consistent hitter this year. He’s hitting .268 with 27 home runs (second on the team to Giancarlo Stanton’s 35), and 86 RBIs (second to Stanton’s 93).

“Didi is a great player and obviously everyone in this room understands how important he is to this team as kind of the anchor for us defensively in the infield and obviously what he brings from the left side of the plate, so we’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” Boone said. “But hopefully we’ll get some good news here in a few days that it (the wrist) responds how we hope.”

Gregorius is hoping to be back for the win-or-go-home AL wild-card game against Oakland on Oct. 3.

“I have some movement in there,” Gregorius said of the wrist, reported ESPN. “They say things like this happens to other players, but some of them play through it. So we’re going to see day-to-day how it goes, and if I feel better, I’ll be back in there so we can still make the playoff decision.”

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“I always play through pain,” Gregorius added. “Nobody plays this game 100-percent healthy.”

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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