The New York Yankeesâ€™ series against the Houston Astros last week left a good taste in fansâ€™ mouths, as they took two out of three games against their hated rivals. However, it also left two infielders injured.
One of them was the Yankeesâ€™ starting third baseman Gio Urshela, who sustained an injury in his left knee on Thursday while trying to make a play in the field. The team was scared enough to send their player for an MRI, but it ultimately didnâ€™t show anything concerning.
Urshela ended up missing the entire weekend series against the Washington Nationals while recovering from his knee soreness. Fortunately, the Yankees say he is feeling a lot better these days.
In fact, the star third baseman will likely be back in the Yankeesâ€™ lineup for Tuesdayâ€™s series opener vs. Tampa Bay, according to skipper Aaron Boone.
â€œThatâ€™s the hope. Heâ€™s going to go through some baseball activities today (Sunday) to get him going. I know heâ€™s probably started the process. So weâ€™ll see how he responds today — and obviously with the off-day tomorrow — hopefully weâ€™ll see where weâ€™re at then.â€
The Yankees say Odor is doing fine but he isnâ€™t close to returning
Another Yankeesâ€™ infielder got injured in the Astros series: Rougned Odor. His ailment took place on Wednesday after a play at home plate, in which his left knee bent awkwardly. Thankfully, it was a sprain, which is a much better outcome than other potential knee injuries, like damage to the ligaments or the meniscus.
Boone said that Odor took swings and did infield work prior to Sundayâ€™s game. The infielder is doing well, but he is not yet allowed to ramp up baseball activities. The Yankees want to make sure there are no setbacks with his knee.
With the Yankees getting back Luke Voit this week, DJ LeMahieu will slide back to his natural second base position, leaving Odor without a clear path to playing time. He is a valuable piece to have around, nonetheless.