Heel injury might force Yanks’ Gregorius onto DL

New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius might be headed to the disabled list due to a badly bruised left heel, manager Aaron Boone said Sunday.

Gregorius was hurt as he hit a first-inning infield RBI single that gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead in a game they went on to win 10-2 over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. As he touched the first base bag, he collided with first baseman Kendry Morales, and Gregorius fell down.

Gregorius initially stayed in the game but was lifted after the bottom of the second. He was sent for imaging at nearby New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

“He’s got a pretty bad bruise on his heel, so it’s something that we’ll kind of monitor over the next 24 hours,” Boone said postgame, after hearing the imaging results. “It could potentially be a DL thing. …

“We’ll kind of see where we are tomorrow. Nothing broken or anything like that. But he’s got a pretty significant bruise on his heel and there’s some swelling in there, so we’ll know a lot more tomorrow, but it’s a possible DL situation.”

Boone added that if Gregorius is sidelined, rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres likely would get the majority at the action at shortstop. Neil Walker figures to take over at second base in that scenario.

Gregorius, 28, is hitting .270 with a .333 on-base percentage, a .482 slugging percentage, 22 homers and 74 RBIs in 118 games this year. In a seven-year major league career that has included time with the Cincinnati Reds and the Arizona Diamondbacks, he owns a .267/.317/.424 batting line with 89 homers and 344 RBIs in 753 games.

–Field Level Media

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