New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday on his right elbow. He’s expected to miss most of the season. But the club isn’t certain when he’ll return to the lineup. The Yankees said that Gregorius’ surgery went as expected. The surgery was performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. General Manager Brian Cashman told reporters (via ESPN New York) he doesn’t expect the shortstop to return until sometime between June and August.
“It’s an uncertain time frame that way because you have to play it out,“ Cashman says. “It could be sometime in June, July or August. We’ll just wait and see.”
The Yankees shortstop sustained the injury — it’s believed — during the 2018 postseason. According to MLB.com, Gregorius may have injured his elbow on a throw to home on Ian Kinsler’s seventh-inning RBI double. The shortstop did finish the Yankees series against the Red Sox. But, a couple of grounded throws sparked concern within the club. Last week, an MRI revealed the right ulnar collateral ligament tear.
The Yankees will consider their replacement options for Gregorius’ hole in the lineup during the offseason. Gleyber Torres, who did fill in at shortstop while Gregorius was injured in 2018, could be one of them. Still, there is plenty of time for the Yankees to make a final decision. And that might not even be the first thing they address during the offseason.
“I think our position player crew is really strong,” Cashman adds. “Obviously, we have to find a way to address the Didi information, so how we react to that is yet to be determined. But the biggest priority will be our pitching.”
Gregorius hit.268 with 86 RBI this season. He also broke (his own) club record for home runs this year, belting 27 long balls this season.