The Associated Press
NEW YORK–In a lopsided win, this was not the kind of big hit the N.Y. Yankees hoped to see.
Didi Gregorius hurt his left heel in a collision at first base during a 10-2 romp over Toronto yesterday afternoon–an injury that could sideline the star shortstop for a while.
“It’s something that we’ll monitor over the next 24 hours, could potentially be a DL thing,” admitted manager Aaron Boone, who Gregorius had a “pretty bad bruise.”
The Yankees, with the second-best record in the majors behind AL East-leading Boston, already have sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez on the disabled list.
Gregorius is batting .270 with 22 home runs and 74 RBIs, and also has 48 extra-base hits this season.
Boone said rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres could fill in at short if Gregorius is out for an extended time.
Gregorius, who was hitting cleanup, was hurt while beating out an infield hit in a six-run first–an inning capped by Greg Bird’s grand slam.
Jays’ second baseman Devon Travis fielded Gregorius’ grounder and made an off-balance throw that first baseman Kendrys Morales fielded on one hop.
Morales was in the baseline and Gregorius tumbled over him.
Gregorius remained in the game for the moment, but was lifted prior to the start of the top of the third.
J.A. Happ, meanwhile, stayed unbeaten with New York by topping his former Toronto teammates.
Happ (14-6) faced the Jays for the first time since they traded him to the Yankees back on July 26.
The 35-year-old lefty has won all four of his starts for New York.
“It was strange, I think I can admit that,” said Happ.
“I think I probably prefer not knowing the opposition the way that I know those guys.”
Happ allowed two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out eight.
Randal Grichuk hit a solo homer in the first.
Jays’ manager John Gibbons joked that his former pitcher had no idea about his club’s offensive approach there.
“I guess Happ hadn’t been paying attention while he was here because we swing 3-0 a lot and ‘Grich’ got him,” he noted.
Rookie Miguel Andujar drove in two runs and back-up infielder Ronald Torreyes, who replaced Gregorius, added three hits as the Yankees finished off a three-game sweep.
The Yankees’ first six batters each reached base against Ryan Borucki (2-3).
Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton walked bfore Andujar hit a tying single.
Gregorius followed with his hit and then Torres reached on an infield single–setting up Bird’s slam into the right-field stands.
Elsewhere in the AL, Minnesota edged Detroit 5-4, Tampa Bay shaded Boston 2-0, Cleveland dumped Baltimore 8-0, Chicago topped Kansas City 7-6, Texas doubled L.A. 4-2, and Houston beat Oakland 9-4.
In the NL, Cincinnati dumped San Francisco 11-4, Colorado doubled Atlanta 4-2, Miami bombed Washington 12-1, Pittsburgh nipped Chicago 2-1 (11 innings), Milwaukee edged St. Louis 2-1, Arizona beat San Diego 4-3, and New York upended Philadelphia 8-2.
The L.A. Dodgers clobbered Seattle 12-1 in interleague play.