Didi Gregorius
(Chris O'Meara / AP Photo)

After undergoing offseason surgery, Didi Gregorius is making progress towards his eventual return to the New York Yankees.

Danny Small

The New York Yankees are one of the best teams in baseball despite missing many key contributors. Didi Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery in the offseason, but he could make his return faster than anyone expected.

According to Newsday’s Erik Boland, Gregorius finished Wednesday’s extended spring training game going 1-for-3 with a walk. This comes just one day after Gregorius was pulled from the lineup due to dehydration.

“What happened Monday? Dehydrated,” Gregorius told the AP. “Just got headaches. Nothing too crazy. Felt good yesterday and today was really good. Everything is 100% good.”

Gregorius is part of the heart and soul that has made the Yankees special over the last two seasons. It’s remarkable that the rest of the infield has stepped up in his absence.

Gleyber Torres looks like he could be heading to his second straight All-Star Game. DJ LeMahieu is as advertised, bringing contact to the lineup and a Gold Glove to the field. Gio Urshela is perhaps the biggest surprise of the season, holding down the hot corner while Miguel Andujar begins getting ready for the 2020 season.

The infield has been outstanding in 2019 and it will only improve with Gregorius back. The lineup is right-hand dominant and the Yankees need Gregorius’ lefty swing in the batting order. The recent addition of the switch-hitting Aaron Hicks has helped in that regard, but Gregorius will help balance out the batting order.

The dynamic shortstop is projected to return to the big league roster at some point in June. July seemed to be a popular prediction for Gregorius’ return in the offseason. For once this season, the Yankees are getting some good news in regards to an injury.

 

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