By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius will need Tommy John surgery after being injured in the American League Division Series. He was injured against the Boston Red Sox.
No timetable has been announced on exactly when he’ll undergo the surgery. However, manager Aaron Boone is optimistic that he will play next season.
The team will have a better idea on how long he’ll be out after having the surgery.
“Best to stay general,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “I don’t want to (specifically) say June, July, August.”
Gregorius was injured in Game 1 or Game 2 of the series as he was attempting to making a throw. The Red Sox needed just four games to eliminate the Yankees from the playoffs.
Tommy John surgery is an operation to extract a healthy tendon from an arm or leg to replace a torn ligament in an arm. The new tendon is then threaded through holes that were drilled into the bone above and below the elbow.
The 28-year-old from Amsterdam, Netherlands played in 134 games this season in his four seasons in the Bronx. He had a .268 batting average with a career-high 27 home runs and 86 RBIs.
The 134 games were the fewest since he appeared in 80 games during the 2014 season with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Yankees could potentially move Gleyber Torres over from second base to shortstop while Gregorius is sidelined with his injury. In the off-season, the team could also pursue Manny Machado, who will be a free agent after the World Series, but it’s going to take a lot of money to add him.
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