Gregorius needs Tommy John surgery
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-to-be Manny Machado, now in the NL playoffs with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In the meantime, second baseman Gleyber Torres is the Yankees' top internal solution at shortstop, Cashman said.
In other news for the Yankees:
•Pitcher CC Sabathia had cleanup surgery on his right knee earlier in the day. He's had surgery on the same knee in the past, and been slowed by trouble there in the past. The 38-year-old lefty was 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts this year, but struggled in Game 4 of the playoffs. Sabathia is expected to be fine for the start of spring training. He's eligible for free agency.
•Pitcher Sonny Gray appears on his way out of the Bronx. An All-Star with Oakland in 2015, he's just 15-16 with a 4.51 ERA since the A's traded him to New York on July 31, 2017. The Yankees tried changing catchers to help Gray, but the 28-year-old righty still lost his spot in the rotation.
"Probably best to try this somewhere else," Cashman said. "Someone, if they trade for him, is going to get the player we wanted. It just hasn't worked out here."
Sources: Girardi interviewed by Rangers
World Series champion Joe Girardi was interviewed Friday by the Texas Rangers in their search for a new manager.
Girardi, the former New York Yankees and Florida Marlins manager, was the first person with big league managerial experience interviewed by the Rangers as they look to replace fired manager Jeff Banister. People familiar with the details said the Rangers interviewed Girardi inn Arlington. The team is making no public comments about the first round of managerial interviews.