Didi Gregorius, New York Yankees
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New York Yankees’ star shortstop Didi Gregorius tore wrist cartilage when scoring the playoff-clinching run on Saturday.

New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has torn cartilage in his wrist and could miss the remainder of the season.

Team beat writer Bryan Hoch reported the injury occurred as Gregorius slid home to score the game-winning and playoff-clinching run against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Per Hoch, Gregorius had an MRI and a cortisone shot, however, he is hopeful that he can return this season.

There’s no way to sugarcoat this, Yankee fans. Gregorius is a devastating loss for the team. His energy is intoxicating and borderline vital to the team’s success. I wrote an article last month explaining how his performance on and off the field was reason enough to give him an extension.

Speaking of Gregorius’ on-field performance, he was wrapping up another excellent season in pinstripes before the injury. He posted a line of .268/.336/.834 with a career-high 27 home runs, plus 86 RBI.

The worst part is that Gregorius only just returned from an injury two weeks ago. He missed a couple of weeks with a bruised heel from Aug. 21 to Sept. 5. The Yankees were 9-7 in that stretch and his absence was glaringly obvious.

Now, New York faces the prospect of having to be without their main hype guy for the playoffs. Adeiny Hechavarria’s defense and Ronald Torreyes’ ability to work great at-bats doesn’t leave them sunk at shortstop, but neither holds a candle to Didi Gregorius.

The other option that Aaron Boone faces is to move rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres to short. Doing that frees up second base for Neil Walker down the stretch. Torres’ natural position is over at short, while Walker’s is at second.

Here’s hoping Didi Gregorius can get healthy and make it back for October. The team’s playoff success could depend on it.

Josh Benjamin has been a staff writer at ESNY since 2018. He has had opinions about everything, especially the Yankees and Knicks. He co-hosts the “Bleacher Creatures” podcast and is always looking for new pieces of sports history to uncover, usually with a Yankee Tavern chicken parm sub in hand.