Didi Gregorius took his first step toward getting back in the lineup for the New York Yankees, taking grounders before Tuesday night’s game.
Gregorius tore the cartilage in his right wrist as he slid into home plate on Saturday. Ironically, the injury came on a play that not only won the game against the Orioles but also clinched a Yankees’ playoff berth.
After receiving a cortisone shot on Sunday, Gregorius told MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.
“We’ll see how far it goes, but I have some movement in there. … If it feels better, I’ll be back in there so we can still make that playoff decision.”
Yankees manager Aaron Boone seemed optimistic, but he offered no promises of a speedy return by his shortstop.
“I think (Wednesday) is a big day,” Boone told NJ.com’s Randy Miller. “It’s been exciting to hear that he seems like he’s improving every day and you see the optimism with Didi, but (Wednesday) he’ll see the doctor and then (hopefully he’s cleared to) get a bat in his hand and really test it out. Then we’ll really start to get an idea. Hopefully, that (exam) goes well and it moves thereafter, but until that happens I think we’re all kind of speculating a little bit.”
With just five games left in the season and only two days off before the Wild Card game, the Yankees are quickly running out of time to get Gregorius back.
Sir Didi is having another great year for the Yankees, slashing .268/.336/.498. Gregorius’s 27 home runs this season broke the record he set last year for long balls by a Yankees shortstop, and he’s also produced 86 RBIs and scored 86 runs.
He was a hero in the 2017 Wild Card Game against Minnesota, so you know the Yankees want him in the lineup for this year’s game.