Was it irony, or just coincidence?
On Saturday, Didi Gregorius scored the winning run against the Orioles in the 11th inning, which clinched the New York Yankees a playoff berth.
However, he may have torn cartilage in his right wrist on the head first slide into home after a double by Aaron Hicks.
On Sunday, manager Aaron Boone said there’s a chance Gregorius could miss the playoffs. The star shortstop was held out of Sunday’s 6-3 loss and has had a cortisone injection as well as an MRI exam to determine the damage done.
“Unsure,” was Boone’s reply to a reporter from YES network if he was optimistic that Gregorius may return. “I think there’s a real possibility we do (get him back). There’s also a possibility that we don’t. We’ll know a lot more in a few days and see how the wrist responds to the cortisone shot.”
Gregorius was hitting .268 with 27 homers and 86 RBI at the time of his injury. The Yanks have options to replace him, including Adeiny Hechavarria or sliding second baseman Gleyber Torres over and shuffling the second base deck.
The Yankees will most likely play Oakland in the one-game wild card and hold a 1.5 game lead with seven games to go.