Yankees’ injury woes continue as hamstring strain shelves Gio Urshela

In addition to their never-ending COVID-19 issues, the Yankees’ season-long parade to the injured list continued Monday when third baseman Gio Urshela was shelved with a strained hamstring.

Urshela underwent an MRI exam and has been diagnosed with a “Grade 1 or Grade 2 strain,” manager Aaron Boone said following Monday’s 7-1 loss to the Orioles.

“He’s actually doing pretty well, so we can back-date it a couple of days [to Sunday],” Boone said. “He’ll continue to ramp up here in the next couple of days and hopefully it will be just another week or eight days or so.”

Boone also revealed that Gerrit Cole will be scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday after he became the latest Yankee to test positive for COVID-19 this season.

Domingo German, who was placed on the IL over the weekend in Miami with a shoulder issue, has been diagnosed with what Boone termed “a low-grade rotator cuff strain.” German will be shut down for around 7-10 days, according to Boone.

Gio Urshela slides into home plate against the Rays.AP


Perhaps the most excitement for the home crowd of nearly 29,000 Monday came in the bottom of the eighth inning, when the lopsided game was delayed for several minutes while the grounds crew attempted to corral a stray cat loose on the warning track, prompting the fans to chant “MVP” and “Let’s Go Cat.”

“That thing was pretty elusive to catch there,” outfielder Joey…

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