Urshela is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Twins, but manager Aaron Boone said he expects the 29-year-old to serve as the Yankees' primary shortstop for the remainder of the season, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
After recently shaking off a hand injury and proceeding to go 2-for-14 in four straight starts upon rejoining the lineup, Urshela is just getting some maintenance Monday in a day game after a night game. His absence from the starting nine is probably of lesser significance than the fact that he's poised to shift over from third base to shortstop, as the Yankees look for a defensive upgrade in light of Gleyber Torres' struggles in the field of late. Torres will move down a spot in the defensive spectrum to second base, while the primary option at the keystone, DJ LeMahieu, kicks over to Urshela's old post at third base. After Monday, the Yankees will have 18 games remaining on their regular-season schedule, and since he's already made eight starts at shortstop in 2021, Urshela should have a decent chance at carrying eligibility at the position in 2022 in certain leagues if he plays nearly every day the rest of the way.