New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has been cleared, says New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone. And it couldn’t come at a better time for the Bronx Bombers. After all, the playoffs are right around the corner. However, it didn’t always look this clear.
Gregorius tore cartilage in his wrist on Saturday sliding into home for the winning run against the Orioles. Initially, the club did believe that Didi would miss the remainder of the season. And potentially, some of the postseason. The Yankees shortstop received a cortisone shot Sunday and by Monday was hopeful to return to the lineup. Gregorius met with doctors Wednesday to re-evaluate the injury before receiving his clearance.
The Yankees travel to Boston this weekend to close out the season with a three-game series, which begins Friday. But it’s unsure when he will return. However, it’s likely that he’ll be back before the American League Wild Card game next week.
For what it’s worth, Gregorius remains optimistic.
“Like I said, I don’t think it was something too crazy to worry about,” Gregorius said according to ESPN. “Everybody plays through everything. That’s why you want to keep going and be out there for the team.”
Gregorius did appear in the infield during Wednesday’s pregame, where he threw and fielded ground balls at short. He also hit in the interior batting cages and from a tee Wednesday, Boone said.
This season, he has has hit a career-high 27 home runs. He’s batting .268 with 86 RBI.
“Hopefully, [Gregorius returns] at some point this weekend. That would be ideal,” Boone said according to ESPN. “But we’ll just have to see how it all unfolds and how he’s able to bounce back from the workload.“
Meanwhile, the Yankees are still fighting for the top spot in the wild card game. They currently lead the Oakland Athletics by 2.5 games.