Yankees' Gio Urshela admits he'll play through pain in AL Wild Card Game: 'I'm feeling really good'

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Gio Urshela throw vs A's
Gio Urshela throw vs A's

With the lineup card out for the Yankees-Red Sox Wild Card matchup at Fenway Park, fans of the Bombers had to love seeing Gio Urshela’s name on it.

Urshela did the unthinkable on Sunday, flying into the Rays’ dugout with no care for his body as he made a tremendous catch in foul ground late in the Wild Card Game clincher. He even stayed in the game after it appeared he couldn’t go anymore, but he was clearly limping.

After a day’s rest, Urshela told media members that he felt good during his workout, enough so that he told his manager he’s ready to play in the elimination bout.

“Right now, I’m feeling really good,” Urshela said. “Good to play today.”

During that workout, though, the savvy infielder admitted he still feels the effects of that highlight-reel grab.

“I mean, I feel some bruises and swelling and feel pain. But I think I can play through that,” he said.

“I felt it a little bit I’m not gonna lie. But I think I can play like that. I can still [go] 100 percent.”

With DJ LeMahieu out, fans were praying that Urshela would be good to go. He’ll be at third base, though, as it likely limits him having to range left and right compared to a day’s work at shortstop. Instead, Andrew Velazquez, who showed off some crafty glovework at short this season, will get the start to make for a solid defensive tandem on the left side.

He’ll also bat seventh in the lineup with Brett Gardner ahead of him and Kyle Higashioka on deck when he’s in the box.

It was a sacrifice in the moment that Urshela felt was necessary with the playoffs on the line. Now, he’s putting the team first again by fighting through some pain and doing all he can to make sure their postseason remains alive after Tuesday night.