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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.

Aaron Judge returns to the Yankees lineup

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The lineups for the Red Sox-Yankees game for this evening were just released and, lo and behold, Aaron Judge is back in it for the Yankees. He’ll be batting second and playing right field.

Judge was activated four days ago but had been limited to defense and base running. As of yesterday signs pointed to him not hitting today, but he took swings in a simulated game for the second straight day today — taking advantage of the previously-scheduled day game being moved to this evening — and things must’ve gone well.

Judge has been out since late July due to a fractured wrist suffered when he was hit by a fastball from Royals pitcher Jakob Junis. He has taken longer than expected to recover from the injury and the Yankees have felt his absence as he was hitting .285/.398/.548 with 26 home runs and 61 RBI in 447 plate appearances when he went down and no one has, obviously, been able to replace his production.

Now he’s back to help the Yankees fend off the A’s for the top Wild Card spot.