The New York Yankees season ended Tuesday night and the bad news just keeps coming, this time surrounding Didi Gregorius.
Gregorius will have Tommy John surgery on right elbow, Yanks say.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) October 12, 2018
In his final press conference of the 2018 season, manager Aaron Boone made the news official, news that caught most off guard. There is no timetable for Gregorius, who had been playing with an asymptomatic partial tear that had not been a problem for him in the last four years. They do expect Gregorius to play next year, however.
The belief is that Gregorius injured the shoulder on a play involving a relay in either Game 1 or Game 2 of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox. Gregorius chose to play with it and with the naked eye, you really could not tell something was up with him.
He went on to hit .235 in the postseason after having a great regular season. A regular season that saw him hit 27 home runs, drive in 86 runs and hit .268.
This would not be the first time Gregorius will have missed the first part of the season. He missed a month in 2017 and came back just as good as he was prior to the injury. He and the Yankees will hope the same thing happens in 2019.
The Yankees have options within in the organization that they can use to get by without Gregorius. Gleyber Torres is a shortstop by trade, they could bring back Adeiny Hechavarría, Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes are also options inside the organization.
Another option the Yankees are facing is the option of going after free agent Manny Machado. Despite his strong bat, Machado does not have the defensive numbers at short as he had at third.
Regardless of what they do, losing Gregorius is a big loss for the Bronx Bombers. He is arguably the life of this team and having him on the shelf is a big loss for that clubhouse.