The Yankees clinched a Wild Card berth on Saturday night thanks to a walk off double by outfielder Aaron Hicks in the bottom of the 11th inning. Shortstop Didi Gregorius scored the winning run, diving head-first into home plate just ahead of the throw.
Gregorius apparently tore cartilage in his right wrist on that slide, manager Aaron Boone said on Sunday, per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. Gregorius underwent an MRI and received a cortisone injection, but he may not return this season.
Adeiny Hechavarria started in place of Gregorius in Sunday’s 6-3 loss to the Orioles and figures to be the regular startstop through the end of the regular season and into the postseason.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.