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New York Yankees: Aaron Boone says Didi Gregorius ‘close to’ returning

06/01/2019
Allison Case

Didi Gregorius has started his rehab after recovering from Tommy John surgery but it sounds like he could be back with the New York Yankees sooner rather than later.

Allison Case

The New York Yankees face off against the Boston Red Sox this weekend and then head out on a short road trip. With one of the toughest parts of the season coming up, they’ll need all the help they can get.

That’s why the news about Didi Gregorius being close to a return is music to the ears of the Bronx Bombers.

Manager Aaron Boone took to the mic on Thursday afternoon and talked to Mike Francesca about updates surrounding his injured players.

Perhaps the most exciting news came about shortstop Gregorius, who has been recovering from offseason Tommy John surgery.

“I would say Didi is getting pretty close,” Boone said. “He played shortstop last night in Scranton. He’s set to DH tonight in Scranton and play all nine innings, weather permitting there. I think there’s a chance that Didi can actually join us on the road trip at some point.”

While the backups have been phenomenal, there is nothing like getting Didi’s smiling face and lefty bat back in the lineup. He will be a veteran face who is used to the Bronx and a friend to that short porch in right field.

Gregorius has done well in his four years at shortstop, taking over for Derek Jeter. Gregorius has slashed .274/.319/.447 during his time in the Bronx and crushed a career-high 27 home runs in 2018.

Gio Urshela and DJ LeMahieu have done a stellar job taking over but the idea of having a healthy Gregorius back in the lineup is far too appealing to pass up.

So far in his rehab stint, he has two hits and one home run. Gregorius is still working his way back but it sounds like he’ll be back sooner than we think.

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