Game 156: Please, No One Get Hurt This Time

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The Yanks are still a game behind Houston for home-field advantage (remember, it’s really 2 games because of the tiebreaker) and there are only 7 games left in the season. Anything is possible–we’ve all seen crazier things–but I’m about ready to move on from HFA. My only concern at this point is getting the team healthy and making sure the players who are healthy remain so. That’s what I care about. You give me a healthy Yanks team, and I like my odds in the playoffs.

If that means putting everyone in bubblewrap or not playing Judge/Stanton etc. on the Tropicana Field turf next week, so be it.

Anyway, here are today’s lineups:

Toronto Blue Jays (63-91)
1. Jonathan Davis, CF
2. Cavan Biggio, 2B
3. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., DH
4. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B
5. Randal Grichuk, RF
6. Teoscar Hernández, LF
7. Brandon Drury, 1B
8. Richard Ureña, SS
9. Luke Maile, C

RHP T.J. Zeuch

New York Yankees (100-55)
1. Brett Gardner, CF
2. Aaron Judge, DH
3. Didi Gregorius, SS
4. Giancarlo Stanton, LF
5. Gio Urshela, 3B
6. Mike Ford, 1B
7. Clint Frazier, RF
8. Tyler Wade, 2B
9. Kyle Higashioka, C

LHP James Paxton

News & Notes

  • First, the news we’re all waiting for: Gleyber Torres is going to get an MRI on his right hamstring, per the team. You definitely remember that Torres left last night’s game early–after remaining in the game!–after an injury scare while fielding a ball at 2nd. He felt “weakness in his legs” last night but the team reiterated that Gleyber “felt good” all day. We’ll hold our breath and see, I guess. Here’s what Aaron Boone had to say:
  • UPDATED (12:45 pm): Everyone rejoice! The MRI on Gleyber’s hamstring came back negative, so hopefully, this means he’s A-ok. Time to put Gleyber in bubblewrap until October 4, I think. I’m embedding the tweet here because, well, thank the heavens:
  • Edwin Encarnación, believe it or not, will be healthy for the final series of the year (and potentially even next series against Tampa Bay), per Bryan Hoch. I can’t believe that but it is good news.
  • Gary Sánchez is taking swings in the cage and performing on-field exercises, also per Hoch. Boone is feeling “more confident” that the slugger will return for the playoffs and may even return for the final series of the year. I hope so. Here is some video of the aforementioned on-field exercises:

This one will begin soon, at 1:05 pm in the Bronx. You can catch the broadcast on YES as usual or listen to Ma and Pa Yankee call the game on WFAN, if that’s your style.


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  1. Boone persists in batting Didi 3rd or 4th because people don’t have enough to complain about.

  2. CountryClub

    I hope a couple of these guys that are struggling at the plate snap out of it over the next 6 games.

    • Bobby

      Same. Love to see Giancarlo looking solid, though. That helps.

      • CountryClub

        He’s looked solid so far. Didi really needs to get moved down when they have their full lineup.

        • Bobby

          Agreed. I’m actually writing about that right now. The 4th inning Judge/Stanton doubles really hammer the point home about how these two need to hit back-to-back when the games matter again.

  3. RetroRob

    Is there a mandatory retirement age for umpires? West is in his late 60s and not exactly the picture of health. They’re not athletes, but their eyes, reaction time, ability to move quickly while keeping the play in view, as well as their level of engagement, are key. All those things diminish with age. They probably should be forced to retire at 62, or after 25 years or service, which ever comes first. Give them a nice pension and send them on their way.

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