New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius departs from the World Baseball Classic with a shoulder injury, according to reports.
Didi Gregorius served as a catalyst for the 2017 World Baseball Classic for the Netherlands team. However, that journey has ended for the New York Yankees stud shortstop.
Gregorius flew back to Tampa this morning to receive more tests on a right shoulder injury, according to a report by Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch on Twitter.
Didi Gregorius has a right shoulder injury and is flying back to Tampa. He had a preliminary MRI yesterday, more tests tomorrow.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 20, 2017
Newsday Sports reporter, Anthony Rieber, also released a tweet defining the exact type of injury Gregorius has sustained.
Let's try it again: Didi Gregorius has a hematoma of the subscapularis muscle in his throwing shoulder. Headed back to Tampa for more tests
— Anthony Rieber (@therealarieber) March 20, 2017
Without knowing the severity of the injury right away, it’s hard to determine if Gregorius will miss any time with the Yankees. However, the diagnosis of a right shoulder injury certainly leaves fans holding their breath.
Gregorius got off to a hot start this spring, unleashing his power in spring training before shipping off to represent his country in the WBC.
Gregorius continued his tear with the Netherlands, serving as a major catalyst in their run to the semifinals. Tonight’s game against undefeated Puerto Rico will be a test for the Netherlands without Gregorius’ hot bat.
There has been criticism of the WBC being before the season and players participating. So far, the only major injury we’ve seen has been for the Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez. Now we can add Gregorius, another starter, to the mix.
Fans are circling questions around in their mind. What if Didi isn’t ready for Opening Day? Just how serious is his injury?
Nobody seems to have all the answers just yet, but Yankees fans will be waiting with bated breath for the fate of their beloved shortstop.
We’ll continue updating once more information surfaces regarding Gregorius’ injury.