INJURED YANKEES SHORTSTOP GREGORIUS IS OUT UNTIL MAY
tampa, fla.» Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to miss the first month of the regular season because of a strained right shoulder.
“It’s not what I wanted to hear,” Gregorius said Tuesday. “It is what it is now.”
Gregorius was hurt while turning a double play for the Netherlands in an exhibition game Saturday against Arizona in preparation for the World Baseball Classic semifinals. He returned to the Yankees’ spring camp this week.
Gregorius won’t do any baseball activities for two weeks. The 27-year-old Gregorius hit .276 with 20 home runs and 70 RBIs last season.
The Yankees have backup shortstops Ronald Torreyes and Ruben Tejada in camp, along with utilityman Tyler Wade and top prospect Gleyber Torres. Cashman said Torres will not be in the mix for the opening and will start the season at Double-A Trenton.
White Sox, Anderson agree to $25M deal
B chicago» The rebuilding White Sox and promising shortstop Tim Anderson agreed to a $25 million, six-year contract. Anderson will receive $850,000 in 2017.
The 23-year-old Anderson, selected 17th overall in the 2013 amateur draft, was promoted in June after Jimmy Rollins was released. He hit .283 with 10 stolen bases, nine homers and 30 RBIs in 99 games. He also struck out 117 times and walked just 13.
Eddie Rosario’s sacrifice fly drove in Carlos Correa with the winning run in the 11th inning, giving Puerto Rico a 4-3 victory over the Netherlands late Monday night and a berth in the World Baseball Classic championship game. … Boston manager John Farrell said Red Sox left-hander David Price has increased strength in his sore pitching elbow but isn’t ready for a “full-blown throwing program.” … Barry Bonds is coming back to the Giants as a special adviser. He’ll report to CEO Larry Baer, who called Bonds’ contributions to the organization “legendary.”