In a move that was expected since Sunday but not necessitated until today due to having Monday off, the Yankees have placed shortstop Didi Gregorius on the 10-day disabled list.
Gregorius suffered a heel contusion in a collision with Kendrys Morales at first base in Sunday’s game. An initial MRI came back clean, but it’s apparently a pretty serious injury and there’s no clear timetable for his return. In the meantime, Gleyber Torres will likely serve as the regular shortstop while Neil Walker and Ronald Torreyes should see time at second base. Luke Voit was called up to take Gregorius’ slot on the active roster.
Gregorius is hitting .279/.333/.482 with 22 homers and 74 RBI on the year. He joins Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez on the Yankees’ star-studded disabled list.
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.