Yan­kees’ Didi Gre­go­rius needs Tommy John

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - SPORTS - By Ben Walker

NEW YORK » Yan­kees star short­stop Didi Gre­go­rius needs Tommy John surgery on his right el­bow af­ter in­jur­ing him­self mak­ing a throw in Bos­ton dur­ing the AL Di­vi­sion Se­ries, and there’s no telling ex­actly when he’ll be able to play again.

Gen­eral man­ager Brian Cash­man said Fri­day that Gre­go­rius will be out “un­til some­time next sum­mer.” Cash­man said the team will have a bet­ter idea about his re­turn af­ter surgery, which hasn’t yet been sched­uled.

The sur­prise an­nounce­ment at Yan­kee Sta­dium led to im­me­di­ate spec­u­la­tion the team might even­tu­ally make a big move to fill the void — pur­suit of All-Star in­fielder and free agent-tobe Manny Machado, now in the NL play­offs with the Los An­ge­les Dodgers.

Sec­ond base­man Gley­ber Tor­res is the Yan­kees’ top in­ter­nal so­lu­tion at short­stop, Cash­man said.

“The best op­tion is Didi,” Cash­man said. “We’ll wait on him.”

The 28-year-old Gre­go­rius is the an­chor of the Yan­kees’ in­field, pop­u­lar with his team­mates and a fan fa­vorite.

Gre­go­rius broke his own club record for home runs by a short­stop by hit­ting 27 this year. He bat­ted .268 with 86 RBIs.

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