UPDATE: Yankees manager Aaron Boone said this morning that an MRI on Giancarlo Stanton‘s right knee showed “no new injury. It’s feeling sore and stiff, but he’s not dealing with any swelling and he’s listed as available for today’s game, even if he’s not in the lineup.
9:16 AM: Giancarlo Stanton was pulled from last night’s game against the Blue Jays due to right knee pain, which the Yankees are calling a knee contusion. He’ll have an MRI today after which more will be known.
It’s not entirely clear when Stanton suffered the injury, but he made an awkward headfirst slide at one point last night and may have banged it. It happens.
Stanton has played six games since returning from an extended stay on the injured list. He’s 7-for-23 with a homer and seven RBI in that time.
TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.
Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.
If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.
“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”
Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.
The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.
Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.