Yan­kees an­nounce short­stop Gre­go­rius needs Tommy John surgery

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>> NEW YORK: Short­stop Didi Gre­go­rius of the New York Yan­kees will have Tommy John surgery on his right el­bow in the off­sea­son, the team an­nounced on Fri­day.

Gre­go­rius, who the Yan­kees be­lieve in­jured the el­bow in one of the first two games of the Amer­i­can League Divi­sion Series against the Bos­ton Red Sox, is ex­pected to miss the start of the 2019 sea­son as he re­cov­ers.

Gre­go­rius played the re­main­der of the ALDS de­spite the in­jury, col­lect­ing three hits in 14 at-bats. The Yan­kees were elim­i­nated by the Red Sox in four games.

Gen­eral man­ager Brian Cash­man sug­gested Gre­go­rius could be back in the line-up some­time in the sum­mer.

“Best to stay gen­eral,” said Cash­man. “I don’t want to [specif­i­cally] say June, July, Au­gust.”

Gre­go­rius, 28, missed time in Septem­ber with torn car­ti­lage in his right wrist but re­turned in time for the end of the reg­u­lar sea­son and play-offs.

Gley­ber Tor­res could re­place Gre­go­rius at short­stop to start the sea­son, man­ager Aaron Boone said.

Boone also said there’s a “real chance [Gre­go­rius] plays the bulk of the sea­son with us.”

Gre­go­rius bat­ted .268 with 27 home runs and 86 RBIs dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, his fourth with the Yan­kees.

Also need­ing surgery was left­hander CC Sa­bathia, who went un­der the knife on Fri­day to ad­dress a knee is­sue.

Sa­bathia is a free agent this win­ter.

Didi Gre­go­rius of the New York Yan­kees.

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