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Yankees News: Gio Urshela Exits vs. Mariners After Suffering Groin Injury

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorAugust 28, 2019

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 27:  Gio Urshela #29 of the New York Yankees is greeted by Mike Tauchman #39 after scoring on a groundout by Austin Romine in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on August 27, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)
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New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela left his team's 7-3 road win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday with left groin tightness, according to the YES Network (h/t Erik Boland of Newsday).

Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters that Urshela started feeling the tightness in the third inning but that he looked fine postgame. Brandon Kuty of NJ.com noted that Boone "didn't seem too concerned" about the nature of the injury.

Urshela stayed in the game for two more framesstriking out in the fourthbefore shortstop Didi Gregorius replaced him in the bottom of the fifth. DJ LeMahieu moved from second to third, and shortstop Tyler Wade went to second.

Urshela has been sensational for the 88-47 Bronx Bombers, hitting .330 with 18 home runs and 67 RBI.

The 27-year-old wasn't a significant part of the Yankees' plans in spring training, but he got thrust into the spotlight when third baseman Miguel Andujar suffered a shoulder injury in the spring.

Urshela, who leads the Yankees in both slugging percentage and OPS, has been a massive boost to a depleted team that has had 28 players land on the injured list at some point this season.

Urshela also leads a group of unlikely heroes who have come through in the clutch this season. Corner outfielder Mike Tauchman has an .886 OPS, and 27-year-old rookie Mike Ford has four home runs in his last four games.

The Yankees will miss Urshela's bat if he's sidelined for any period of time, but the third baseman told reporters he thinks he can play the team's next game Friday against the Oakland Athletics.

If Urshela is forced to sit, look for LeMahieu to move to third, with Gregorius at short and Gleyber Torres manning second base.

The Yanks will now travel to New York and play the A's and Texas Rangers in a six-game homestand.