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.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.
Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.
Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.
The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.