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Didi Gregorius exits game with bruised left heel

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Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius made an early departure from Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays after sustaining a bruised left heel. Gregorious was due to undergo further tests at Columbia-Presbyterian. The full extent of the injury is not yet known, but it’s clear they weren’t about to take any chances with the infielder, especially as Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge have seen reduced playing time with various injuries over the last month and Austin Romine barely avoided the concussion DL after a close call on a foul tip during Saturday’s game.

Gregorius suffered the injury while running out an infield single in the first inning. Kendrys Morales attempted to field a throw from Devon Travis, but attempted to dive off the bag to snare the ball and inadvertently made contact with Gregorius as he crossed first base. Gregorius was unable to get up immediately after the collision and was attended to by a team trainer before standing and limping back toward the base. While he was cleared to resume his post at short at the top of the second inning, Yankees skipper Aaron Boone lifted him in the third as a precautionary move.

Entering Saturday’s game, Gregorius slashed .268/.332/.481 with 22 home runs and an .813 OPS through 507 PA. He was replaced in the lineup by Ronald Torreyes, who hit consecutive singles in his first two at-bats of the afternoon and covered second base while Gleyber Torres shifted over to short. Backed by Greg Bird‘s tremendous grand slam and a pair of RBI singles from Gregorius and Miguel Andujar, the Yankees currently lead the Blue Jays 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth.

Yankees place Aaron Judge (strained calf) on IL

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NEW YORK — Yankees star Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday night’s game against Boston and manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time.

The move was retroactive to Wednesday and Boone described the strain as mild after an MRI revealed the injury. To replace Judge on the roster, Thairo Estrada was recalled from the Yankees’ alternate site in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Judge began Friday leading the majors with nine homers and tied with Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the major league lead with 20 RBIs.

“It’s something that I think he really wants to try and work through here and kind of wants to be out here and feels like it’s a day-to-day thing which it may very well be, but I just think obviously it goes without saying how important a player Aaron is to us,” Boone said.

Boone had said last weekend’s series on the artificial turf in Tampa Bay took its toll on the 6-foot-7 outfielder.

Judge joined Giancarlo Stanton as the second Yankees slugger to land on the injured list this. Stanton was placed on the IL with a strained hamstring after getting hurt in the second game of last Saturday’s doubleheader.

“We’ve lost two MVP-caliber players,” Boone said. “Obviously that is a blow, especially two guys that playing well as they are right now.”

Judge was pulled for a pinch hitter during Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta and didn’t play Wednesday. The Yankees were off Thursday.

The 28-year-old All-Star missed time during July’s training camp because of a stiff neck.

The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year hit 27 homers in each of the last two seasons, both of them interrupted by injuries. His right wrist was broken when he was hit by a pitch in 2018 and he went on the injured list for two months last year with a left oblique strain.

Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and would not have been ready for the season opener if the season began as scheduled on March 26.