New York Yankees Reveal 'Possible' Return Date For Didi Gregorius
Apr 5, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) looks on during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After another strong performance during a rehab assignment in Tampa, the New York Yankees could get Didi Gregorius back very soon.

Injured New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is currently rehabbing his right shoulder he strained during the World Baseball Classic and is nearing his return to the Bronx.

Assigned to Class-A Tampa, Gregorius has gone 4-for-11 (.364) with a double in three games as the designated hitter. According to Erik Boland of Newsday sports, manager Joe Girardi said a return by next Friday is “possible.”

Last season, Didi climbed to career-highs in home runs (20), hits (155), RBIs (70) and doubles (32) while leading the team with 54 extra-base hits. While many thought an absence of this type of production would be hurtful, the 5-foot-8 Ronald Torreyes has managed to help the Yankees rank eighth in the major leagues in batting average from the shortstop position.

So, while the position is being kept warm, New York’s offense — which entered Sunday with the highest WAR in the sport — could be brought to a whole new level once Didi returns to the lineup.