New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is heading to the 10-day disabled list with a bruised left heel.
Another one bites the dust. The New York Yankees lost another core piece to their team Tuesday when the news came down that Didi Gregorius’ bruised heel would require a DL stint rather than a few days of rest.
Here is the play where Didi injured his left heel:
Didi Gregorius exited the game & was sent to the hospital for further tests after suffering a bruised heel following this collision in the first inning.#YANKSonYES LIVE stream:https://t.co/ONFaE0YXKn pic.twitter.com/qQ1oBPkEU1
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 19, 2018
You’ll notice the awkward landing spot of Gregorius’s foot, showing he took a misstep and came down on the foot itself. Initially, it looked he could have been dealing with a bad knee injury but rest assured it resulted in a severe heel contusion.
If there was ever a time for Didi to get hurt — and there is really never a “good” time — the Yankees for the first time in a long-time have two days off in one week (Monday and the other Thursday).
Didi Gregorius means so much to this team and his absence is yet another blow to a depleted lineup.
Before getting injured on Sunday, Didi’s slash line was at .270/.333/.482. He was on his way to breaking his career high (22) in home runs for a single season and RBI (74). But unfortunately, it will be put on ice for the time being.
His locker room presence, his leadership, and his position on the field make replacing him extremely difficult for a team that is already without Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. Didi, who hits in the three or four-hole in the order usually, now puts New York and Boone in a tough position moving forward.
Figuring out the day-to-day lineup is a major question the coaching staff faces. Aaron Hicks or the red-hot Miguel Andujar will most likely be your everyday three-hitter, while Stanton should remain in the two-hole.
3 of the Yankees' top power hitters are now on the DL in Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius and Gary Sánchez.
Despite the injuries, the Yankees lead the majors with 34 HR in August and are on pace for 263 HR this season, 1 shy of the MLB record set by the 1997 Mariners. pic.twitter.com/bR1RLZaMCW
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 21, 2018
Amazingly enough, the Yankees do lead the majors in home runs in the month of August. Replacing the power and run production moving forward is a tremendous proposition to ask.
Gleyber Torres is expected to take over at short, while Neil Walker is bound to see steady playing time at second base.
The corresponding move as Didi hits the DL is Luke Voit, who was brought up from Triple-A Scranton Monday to replace him on the active roster. Voit was optioned on Aug. 13 and has hit .310 in just nine games with the RailRiders.
In comparison to Judge and Sanchez, Didi’s injury won’t take nearly as long to recover. The estimated time a normal bruised heel injury takes is just around two weeks. However, getting back into rhythm and situationally-ready will be a test when he comes back for the homestretch of the season.
For now, patience is key. The Yanks must weather the storm until Didi is back to survive one of their toughest tests yet.