The two top teams in the American League East are both dealing with injuries that could impact them in the final six weeks of the season. The Yankees have been without Aaron Judge for the past three weeks, and could be without Didi Gregorius for an extended period of time as well. Meanwhile the Red Sox are once again placing Chris Sale on the 10-day disabled list.
The New York Yankees got a scare on Sunday when shortstop Didi Gregorius was forced to leave the game with an apparent leg injury. Gregorius suffered the injury in the first inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays. He was trying to beat out an infield single when he collided with the Blue Jays first baseman Kendrys Morales. The Yankees medical staff attended to Gregorius who stayed in the game and scored a run later in the inning.
Gregorius took the field in the top of the second inning, but he was replaced by Ronald Torreyes to begin the third. The Yankees did not initially give an update on the severity of the injury, and additional tests were scheduled. Gregorius has hit 22 home runs and driven in 74 runs this season for the Yankees.
The Yankees are currently without outfielder Aaron Judge and starting pitcher CC Sabathia. Judge has missed the last three weeks after being hit by a pitch on the wrist. He was supposed to be back before this weekend, but has not been able to swing a bat yet. Sabathia is on the disabled list as a precaution as he continues to deal with arthritis in his knee. The Yankees continue to hold the top Wild Card spot in the American League.
The Boston Red Sox are placing Chris Sale back on the disabled list after briefly activating the ace of their pitching staff. Sale is dealing with left shoulder inflammation, and the Red Sox are being extremely cautious with the All-Star starting pitcher. The lefty has expressed frustration with being placed back on the DL by the team.
Sale was activated by the Red Sox last Sunday to make a start against the Baltimore Orioles. He struck out 12 hitters through five shutout innings to earn the victory. Sale currently has a scoreless inning streak that is now at 28 innings. He is 12-4 with an American League-leading 1.97 earned run average. Sale has been extra dominant in his last six starts, going 6-0 with a 0.20 earned run average.
The Boston Red Sox hold a 10 game lead in the American League East entering play on Sunday. The Red Sox also hold a large lead for the best record in baseball, giving the Red Sox no reason to rush Sale back into action. The Red Sox will need Sale to be completely healthy and pitching well as they begin the 2018 playoffs. Sale, 29, is the favorite to win the 2018 American League Cy Young Award.