Gio Urshela seems to have averted the worst after injuring his hand on Tuesday in Anaheim.
The Yankees third baseman underwent an MRI examination that got here again “high-quality,” supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned Friday. Urshela fell on the hand following a throw dwelling towards the Angels.
“Not a lot there, in order that was encouraging,” Boone mentioned.
Urshela nonetheless sat out his second straight sport Friday and remained “day-to-day.”
Earlier than Friday’s sport, Urshela swung the bat, performed catch and took grounders. How he responds to that may decide whether or not he might be again within the lineup as quickly as Saturday towards the Orioles.
A slumping Gary Sanchez was dropped to ninth within the lineup Friday, the primary time in his profession he has began a sport in that spot.
The catcher entered Friday batting .194 (7-for-36) with one dwelling run in 10 video games since getting back from COVID-19 on Aug. 17. His lack of manufacturing dates again even additional, although. He was hitting simply .176 with 5 dwelling runs and a .621 OPS in his final 38 video games.
“Since getting back from COVID, he’s been discovering his means slightly bit offensively, discovering his power slightly bit,” Boone mentioned. “He’s been hitting eighth, he’s been hitting seventh. We now have an ideal lineup. Anyone’s gotta hit in every single place. Making an attempt to create slightly spacing. We acquired three lefties in there at present, so simply making an attempt to create some spacing there.
“I take a look at it as we acquired a possible wrecking machine within the nine-hole tonight.”
Left-hander Jordan Montgomery, who missed almost two weeks with COVID-19, mentioned he’s “beginning to really feel good once more” as he ready to make his fourth begin again on Saturday.
“Simply actually by no means acquired fatigued the final sport,” Montgomery mentioned. “The opposite video games I used to be type of simply struggling to catch a breath typically or coronary heart fee was going fast. It took me slightly bit to get again into it.”
Boone mentioned the Yankees might doubtlessly insert a sixth starter in some unspecified time in the future throughout their seven-game homestand, doubtless within the four-game collection towards the Blue Jays that begins Monday.
The beginning might go to Luis Gil, the 23-year-old right-hander who didn’t permit a run in 15 ²/₃ innings throughout three begins whereas filling in for Gerrit Cole throughout his bout with COVID-19.
“That may be a actual risk,” Boone mentioned.
RHP Domingo German threw a bullpen session Friday as he continues to work again from the shoulder irritation that has saved him on the injured record since Aug. 1.
The Yankees optioned OF Estevan Florial to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room for Gleyber Torres coming off the IL.