Juan Soto brushes aside ankle injury concerns after limping episode in Houston

Juan Soto speaks following the Yankees' 7-1 win over the Astros in Houston on March 29, 2024.

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While Juan Soto‘s stellar outfield play has been a bright spot for the Yankees in their dominant 2-0 series lead over the Astros, a moment of concern emerged during Friday’s game. In the third inning, as Juan Soto transitioned to his right-field position near second base, he was visibly uncomfortable.

Fans watched as the Yankees‘ outfielder hunched over, prompting a visit from the team trainer and manager Aaron Boone. After a brief conversation, Juan Soto reassured them and continued playing the inning.

Reports suggest the discomfort stemmed from Juan Soto’s movements while rounding the bases in the top of the third. Thankfully, SNY’s Andy Martino delivered some positive news via social media. His message indicated that the star outfielder was determined to play despite the ankle issue at Minute Maid Park.

“I’m playing tomorrow,” the slugger declared, showcasing his commitment to contributing despite the minor setback.

Juan Soto’s defense aids Yankees in back-to-back victories

Juan Soto, of the new York Yankees, is with teammate Torres in Houston on March 28, 2024.

Juan Soto’s defensive brilliance played a pivotal role in the New York Yankees’ triumphant start to the season, securing consecutive victories against the Houston Astros.

In their nail-biting Opening Day win (5-4), the tension soared in the top of the ninth inning. Yankees closer Clay Holmes found himself in a precarious situation with two runners on base and just one out, the Yankees clinging to a narrow 5-4 lead.

A pivotal moment unfolded when Kyle Tucker’s base hit sent Mauricio Dubon racing home in an attempt to tie the game. However, Juan Soto, stationed in right field, launched a laser-accurate throw that cut down Dubon at the plate.  

Despite a challenge from the Astros, the replay confirmed the out, sealing the Yankees’ first win of the season with Alex Bregman’s subsequent groundout.

Juan Soto continued his defensive dominance in the Yankees’ convincing 7-1 victory on Friday night.  

In the seventh inning, with two runners on base and the Astros harboring hopes of a comeback, Juan Soto made a spectacular diving catch on a towering fly ball from Alex Bregman. This acrobatic play extinguished the potential hit and also effectively squashed Houston’s momentum, solidifying the Yankees’ control over the game.

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