It doesn’t seem like it can get any worse for the New York Yankees. In addition to Aaron Judge going on the IL, third baseman Gio Urshela has a bone spur in his right elbow and is currently listed as day-to-day.
Manager Aaron Boone announced in his press conference on Friday that he believes the injury isn’t significant. Urshela reportedly wants to play, but will have the day off. Since Friday is a doubleheader, he will miss two games against the Mets.
After the doubleheader, the Yankees will have three more games with the Mets in two games, making up last weekends series that was postponed due to the Mets having positive coronavirus tests.
The Yankees are entering the second half of the season with just one off-day remaining. That means that starting on Friday, the team will play 32 games in 30 days, and they will be doing so without some of their best players.
Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, DJ LeMahieu, and many others are all on the IL as the team is starting to come down the stretch. The Yankees have lost their last five games and have lacked any offense.
The Yankees have released Luis Avilan, but it’s possible they resign him. Avilan had a 4.32 ERA in 10 appearances this season. Additionally, Estevan Florial will be making his big-league debut on Friday. He will patrol center-field and bat seventh with number 90 going on the back of his debut pinstripes.
Right now, Gio Urshela is not expected to go on the IL, but that could change. We’ve seen Boone say that injuries are day-to-day before, and then the player winds up out for some time. Hopefully, that won’t be the case for Urshela.