New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu struck Marlins pitcher José Ureña with a line drive on his pitching arm.
The Yankees may be wilting in the face of oncoming pressure from the already-clinched Miami Marlins on Sunday afternoon, but they’re also causing their opponent a lot of unnecessary pain in the process.
A few innings after a struggling Clarke Schmidt hit Starling Marte, Miami’s major trade deadline acquisition, in the helmet and knocked him out of the game, a DJ LeMahieu line drive struck starting pitcher José Ureña flush on his pitching arm, either getting the wrist or the forearm.
Ureña was settling into a groove prior to the impact, and this marks the second consecutive day that a Marlins starter, very much in rhythm, departed ahead of the previously-scheduled time.
On Sunday, however, the whole instance was much scarier.
Ureña’s reaction, a crumple to the ground followed by an immediate departure, raised alarm bells. Even if he’s likely not in Miami’s postseason plans, this is a horrifying way to end a season, with a pitching-arm injury.
Following further examination and X-rays, it was ruled that Ureña had suffered a fractured forearm, and he will miss the postseason, which is a tough loss no doubt.
The same can be said for Marte, an essential part of this upstart lineup, who was immediately removed at the first sign of potential head trauma and diagnosed with an “ear contusion”.
Thus far, it’s been a brutal day for both teams.
The Yankees, down early and showing very little recourse, will drop to the eighth seed in the American League as long as they lose and Toronto beats the Orioles in Buffalo.
Even a victory will (presumably) drop them right into Cleveland’s lap; a Tribe win, coupled with the Chicago White Sox blowout loss that appears to be brewing, would deliver us Gerrit Cole-Shane Bieber in Game 1, as even a matchup as you can get.
It’s a house of horrors on Sunday in the Bronx for all participants, but Miami’s horrid injury luck takes the cake so far.