Yankees Activate Gio Urshela From 10-Day IL

Infielder Experienced Groin Tightness

Alec Gearty
September 08, 2019 - 3:57 pm
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The Yankees have activated Gio Urshela from the 10-day injured list, the club announced on Sunday.

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Urshela returns in time for the Yankees' final two games against the Boston Red Sox. The Bronx Bombers have split the past two games against Boston, including the team's 5-1 win on Saturday.

Urshela hasn't played since being placed on the injured list with left groin tightness on Aug. 31. He reportedly suffered the injury against the Mariners, but Urshela and Yankees' manager Aaron Boone never considered the injury to be significant. 

"I think Sunday in Boston would be the first day he's eligible (to return), and I'm looking at it as like that's a real possibility," Boone told reporters last week. "Feels like something that's probably a few days, but with an off day yesterday and an off day coming ... probably the best thing for him and for us to do this now and make sure this doesn't become a lingering issue."

The Yankees also announced that they've recalled catcher Kyle Higashioka and Breyvic Valera from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre as a few of the team's September call-ups. Urshela is fourth on the Yankees with 67 RBIs in 114 games — His .331 batting average leads the team. He joins the team with a few vital weeks remaining in the season. 

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New York is inching close to claiming the American League East. Entering Sunday, the team's magic number to win the division is 11. With a 93-50 record, and an eight-game lead over second-place Tampa Bay, it's becoming more likely that the division crown will stay in New York for the third straight year.