New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius hopes to return from a wrist injury this week and start in the American League wild-card game on Oct. 3.
Gregorius hurt his right wrist Saturday when he slid headfirst on Aaron Hicks' 11th-inning double to score the run that clinched a postseason berth. An MRI on Sunday revealed a small tear.
"It feels way better," Gregorius said before Monday night's game at Tampa Bay. "Feeling stronger. More movement. It's a big step to go forward."
He is hitting .268 with a career-high 27 homers and 86 RBI. The 28-year-old had a cortisone shot and will be examined by team doctors Wednesday.
"He felt significantly better with some of the range of motion things he's able to do," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "I would also temper it. The true indicator will come Wednesday when he's re-evaluated and we see how he does."
Story returns to lineup
Colorado Rockies All-Star Trevor Story returned to the starting lineup after missing a week with inflammation in his right elbow.
The slugging shortstop batted fifth in the order Monday night as the playoff-chasing Rockies open a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Story tweaked his elbow on a throw in the first inning Sept. 17 in Los Angeles and aggravated it on a swing in the fourth.
Although his elbow "feels good," he said he will alter his throwing style by staying over the top to relieve some of the pressure. The elbow doesn't bother him when he swings, he said.
"It's tough just sitting and watching," Story said. "It's not ideal. The timing of it was pretty brutal. Just really tried to keep my focus on the treatment and getting better."
Story has been practicing throwing from a more straightaway angle, which cuts down on elbow stress. He also worked on spin moves Sunday in Arizona.
The 25-year-old Story is in the midst of a breakout season, hitting .288 with 33 homers and 102 RBI. He recently became the first shortstop in major-league history with at least 40 doubles, 30 home runs and 25 steals in a season.
Giants fire GM Evans
Bobby Evans has been fired as the San Francisco Giants' general manager. San Francisco said that Evans will be reassigned, with responsibilities to be determined.
The Giants began the final week of the season 72-84, their second straight losing record. The team will start a search for a new head of baseball operations.
Evans was hired by the Giants in 1994, became vice president of baseball operations in 2009 under general manager Brian Sabean and was promoted to GM in April 2015 when Sabean became executive vice president of baseball operations.
A major league-best 57-33 at the 2016 All-Star break, the Giants are 166-224 since.