Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius exited Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays after a collision with Kendrys Morales at first base. Gregorius bruised his left heel and the injury could send him to the 10-day disabled list. Manager Aaron Boone called the bruise “pretty significant,” The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler reports.
Gregorius hit an RBI single and scored a run in the first inning, his only plate appearance in the Yankees’ 10-2 victory. He is among the most productive shortstops in the game, batting .270/.333/.482 with 22 home runs, 74 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 508 plate appearances.
The Yankees could move Gleyber Torres over to shortstop if Gregorius indeed goes on the disabled list. Ronald Torreyes could also handle the position.
Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.
Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.
Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.
Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.