Didi Gregorius needs Tommy John surgery. Neither the New York Yankees nor their fans should panic about their top-end shortstop.
The New York Yankees‘ offseason started not with a bang, but with a limp.
Aaron Boone says he thinks there's a good chance Didi will play "the bulk" of the 2019 season. Yankees will know more about the timeline after the surgery. https://t.co/9RjSx0Up6d
— David Adler (@_dadler) October 12, 2018
Gregorius, 28, had another career season with the Yankees in 2018. He hit .268 and set a new career high with 27 home runs with 86 RBI. He dealt with heel and wrist injuries late in the season but was able to come back and hit .235 in the playoffs. Gregorius also once again served as the team’s hype guy in the clubhouse, with his post-victory tweets becoming a regularity.
Now, New York has to prepare for the possibility Gregorius may not be around for much of 2019. That’s a big loss no matter how you slice it and the idea of Sir Didi being gone is a scary one.
However, even if Didi Gregorius misses extended time, the Yankees nor their fans should panic because addressing the shortstop’s absence could wind up being an easy fix.
How long is he out?
Now, before we go any further, let’s quickly revisit Gregorius’ injury. He needs Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and could miss significant time next year.
Now, most Yankees fans will remember second baseman Gleyber Torres having the same surgery last summer and being ready for Spring Training. That’s because, for position players, the recovery time isn’t the usual 12-18 months like it would be for a pitcher. Initially, this would seem to spell out good news for Gregorius.
Except there’s a catch.