New York Yankees Didi Gregorius
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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has been officially cleared and will now be back ahead of the AL Wild Card.

The New York Yankees got some good news today as shortstop Didi Gregorius was cleared for baseball activities.

YES Network broadcaster and ESPN radio host, Michael Kay, broke the news on Twitter. Later, on Kay’s radio show, manager Aaron Boone confirmed the report.

The fan-favorite was diagnosed with torn cartilage in his right wrist last week.

Gregorius suffered the injury scoring the winning run on Aaron Hicks‘ game-winning double last Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles. Gregorius also missed time earlier this month with a bruised heel.

Now, thanks to a cortisone shot received shortly after the injury, the Yankees have Gregorius back for the games that count. He has turned in another great season, batting .268 with a career-best 27 home runs.

Gregorius also has 86 RBI, just one shy of a career-high set last season. He also has a 4.5 WAR, marking the second year in a row he has posted one of 4.0 or higher.

Long story short, this is the best news the Yankees could have hoped for. Gregorius’ lefty swing is a valuable asset in the lineup and makes New York a better team in the playoffs.

His defense speaks for itself. He is also the team’s main hype guy, as one can see from his tweets following Yankee victories.

No disrespect to Adeiny Hechavarria or Ronald Torreyes, but neither holds a candle to what Didi Gregorius brings to the table. The man is the heart and soul of the Yankee locker room.

With the AL Wild Card just a week away, hearing he’ll be able to be back on the field is truly wonderful news.

Josh Benjamin has been a staff writer at ESNY since 2018. He has had opinions about everything, especially the Yankees and Knicks. He co-hosts the “Bleacher Creatures” podcast and is always looking for new pieces of sports history to uncover, usually with a Yankee Tavern chicken parm sub in hand.