The New York Yankees are expected to be without Didi Gregorius for a bit this season, but there is some good news surrounding the shortstop.
Manager Aaron Boone, talking on WFAN, said that Gregorius has been cleared to begin a throwing program according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News.
Didi Gregorius cleared to begin throwing program according to Aaron Boone on WFAN. #Yankees
— Kristie Ackert (@Ackert_Kristie) February 6, 2019
His absence creates a big hole considering he is in the only left-handed bat the Yankees had in their lineup on a consistent basis in 2018. He’s hit 72 home runs over the last three seasons, becoming one of the premier shortstops the game has to offer.
But it doesn’t just stop there with Gregorius’s importance. He’s become one of the best defensive shortstops over the last three years, becoming virtually irreplaceable on the left side on the infield.
While the throwing program is great news for the Yankees, fans still shouldn’t get their hopes up of seeing the 28-year-old infielder on the field anytime soon as NJ.com’s Brendan Kuty reports there is still no timetable for his return.
Didi Gregorius says no timetable for return yet.
— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) February 5, 2019
Bearing any changes from what the Yankees currently have on the roster, it looks like Troy Tulowitzki, Gleyber Torres, and DJ LeMahieu will man shortstop during Gregorius’ absence. If something should happen to one of them, Tyler Wade is expected to be there as a security blanket.
No matter how you put it, it’s nice to hear Didi is getting closer to doing some type of baseball activity in the not so distant future.