New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman reveals a targeted return date for fallen stud shortstop Didi Gregorius.
The New York Yankees starting shortstop is on the baseball shelf with no precise return date in mind. It’s a killer to have Didi Gregorius out due to his lefty bat meshing beautifully with such a right-handed dominant lineup.
On Thursday, general manager Brian Cashman provided somewhat of an idea via when to expect the lefty infielder back. He revealed the information while on Sirius/XM radio Fantasy Sports, per Craig Mish.
#Yankees VP/GM Brian Cashman on @SiriusXMFantasy SS Didi Gregorius June return is “Optimistic” More realistic is July or August. Also revealed Torres will get reps at shortstop this Spring.
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) February 27, 2019
“Yankees VP/GM Brian Cashman on Sirius/XM Fantasy: SS Didi Gregorius June return is “Optimistic” More realistic is July or August. Also revealed Torres will get reps at shortstop this Spring.”
A June return date is “optimistic.” July or August is when Cashman is expecting the middle of the lineup bat back in action.
Gregorius, 29, smacked a career-high 27 home runs in 2018 while also driving in 86 runs and batting .268. He’s hit 20-plus homers in each of the last three seasons in New York after hitting a mere nine in 2015, his Bronx debut.
Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery last Oct. 17 and while the chatter around a June return felt strong, Cashman just poured himself a hefty glass of cold water.
In his absence, the newly-acquired Troy Tulowitzki remains the shortstop. Gleyber Torres is seemingly the backup option.
It’s critical that Didi Gregorius returns to the lineup better than ever at some point in 2019. With the likes of righty bats Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar, he’s desperately needed in the middle of the lineup.