Yankees’ infielder suffers another injury: MRI to come on Thursday

New York Yankees, Gio Urshela
Feb 18, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) during the first day of spring training workouts at the Player Development Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 campaign has been rough for New York Yankees’ third baseman Gio Urshela at times. He has been out with several ailments that have severely cut his playing time this season, most notably a stint on the COVID-19 list, a hamstring issue, and now this: a wrist injury.

The Yankees’ infielder had just returned from his hamstring injury this week, only to get hurt again during Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels.

According to NJ Advance Media, the third baseman fell down on his wrist trying to make the tag at second base and then throw home. He was “pretty sore,” per manager Aaron Boone.

The Yankees will have their infielder undergo an MRI on Thursday when the team returns to New York to determine the extent of the injury. The team’s next game is on Friday against the Baltimore Orioles.

The Yankees could have him back on Friday

According to Boone, the expectation is to have Urshela back in the lineup on Friday, but the MRI will give the club all the answers it may need before making that decision. The Yankees are also expecting shortstop Gleyber Torres to come off the injured list on Friday against the O’s.

Seeing the play, Urshela appeared to injure his right hand, but Boone didn’t provide specifics about which hand did he hurt.

Urshela, who had a .881 OPS between 2019 and 2020, has a .722 mark in 331 at-bats in what has been an underwhelming 2021 season for him. Injuries have certainly not helped him establish a rhythm at the plate, where he has a .263 average with 11 homers, and 41 RBI.

Rougned Odor has been serving as the Yankees’ third baseman most nights during Urshela’s absence, and while he hasn’t displayed the kind of defensive prowess he usually shows at second, the team does not have too many options to plug there if Urshela is not in the lineup.