New York Yankees shortstop Gio Urshela remained in the game during Sunday's regular-season finale against the Tampa Bay Rays after making a sensational running catch to end the top of the sixth inning. Urshela chased down an Austin Meadows pop-up just on the outskirts of the Rays dugout in a game with playoff implications for the Bronx Bombers.
The Yankees later won 1-0 on a walk-off single by Aaron Judge in the ninth inning, clinching them a spot in Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game against the Boston Red Sox. Urshela was banged-up on the play, but he believes he'll be able to suit up in the game, according to comments he made after Sunday's win.
On the play in question, Urshela's momentum carried him into the dugout after he secured the ball, however, and the Rays quickly motioned for a Yankees trainer. Urshela emerged from the dugout on his own power minutes later, but he did appear to be limping. Here's a look at the play in all its moving picture glory:
Urshela entered Sunday hitting .269/.303/.422 (97 OPS+) with 14 home runs and a stolen base. Baseball Reference's calculations had him being worth 0.9 Wins Above Replacement in his first 439 trips to the plate. Although he's a third baseman by trade, he's primarily played shortstop dating back to mid-September as a means of creating space for DJ LeMahieu at third base and Gleyber Torres at second base.
It should be noted that the Yankees placed LeMahieu on the injured list on Sunday because of a sports hernia injury. The Yankees are also without Miguel Andújar, who has been on the injured list with a strained wrist since June, leaving them with precious depth on the left side of the infield. For now, anyway, it doesn't appear that Urshela will miss any time and force the Yankees to dig even deeper into their contigency plans.