05/20 18:11 CDT Yanks' Gregorius plays for 1st time since Tommy John surgery
Yanks' Gregorius plays for 1st time since Tommy John surgery
By MARK DIDTLER
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --- New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius played five
innings of defense and went 2 for 4 with a walk Monday at extended spring
training in his first game action since Tommy John surgery on Oct. 17.
"It was good," Gregorius said.
Playing against Detroit Tigers minor leaguers and in front of Yankees owner Hal
Steinbrenner, Gregorius singled twice and cleanly fielded three grounders but
had an error for an errant throw to first base.
Gregorius is coming back from surgery to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in
his right elbow. He appears on track to soon start a minor league injury
rehabilitation assignment with Class A Tampa and rejoin the Yankees in
"He got a lot of at-bats, got a couple balls. He threw a ball away, so his arm
was feeling a little too good, I guess," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said
before New York faced the Orioles in Baltimore. "But he got through it. A hot
day down there. A couple more days down there and then, hopefully, get
transferred over to the Tarpons. But a big step, obviously, in the return for
Gregorius had an eventful first inning.
He charged to field a one-hopper and then make an accurate throw to first to
retire the second batter
After fouling a ball off his foot and breaking a bat on a pop foul, Gregorius
drew a walk in the bottom half. He slid feet first into second base on
grounder, then slid headfirst into third on an infield single.
Gregorius hit .268 with a career-high 27 homers and 86 RBIs last season. He
injured the elbow while making a throw from left field after a ball bounced off
Fenway Park's Green Monster during Game 2 of the AL Division Series at Boston
Also on Monday, third baseman Miguel Andjar had season-ending surgery on his
shoulder. Coming off a solid rookie year, Andjar tore his right labrum in the
third game of season. He was activated from the injured list on May 4, went 3
for 34 with no RBIs and returned to the IL on May 13.
The Yankees hope to have him fully healthy by spring training.
"I sent him a text message sometime this morning. Probably he was actually in
surgery," Boone said. "But it sounds like it went well, and now the road to
recovery starts back. He should be good to go come spring."
Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was scheduled to start an injury rehab assignment
for Class A Tampa on Monday night. He has not played since March 31 because of
a strained left biceps and then a strained left shoulder.
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, sidelined since April 3 by a strained left calf,
resumed on-field batting practice Monday and continued taking grounders at
shortstop and third base.
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