Gre­go­rius to have Tommy John surgery

The Maui News - - 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 Amer­i­can League 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.

“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. He is el­i­gi­ble for free agency af­ter the 2019 sea­son.

“We are op­ti­mistic he’ll play a lot of the sea­son with us,” man­ager Aaron Boone said.

The Yan­kees said Gre­go­rius was hurt last week mak­ing a throw from left field af­ter a ball bounced off the Green Mon­ster against the Red Sox — there was such a play in Game 2. Cash­man said Gre­go­rius re­ported a prob­lem with his el­bow af­ter get­ting hurt.

Gre­go­rius played the rest of the series, fin­ish­ing 3-for-14 (.214) as the Red Sox elim­i­nated the Yan­kees in four games. Cash­man said he grew more con­cerned af­ter see­ing Gre­go­rius bounce two throws to first base in Game 4 on Tues­day— “un-Didi-like,” Cash­man said.

An MRI on Thurs­day re­vealed the tear.

AP file photo

Yan­kees short­stop Didi Gre­go­rius bat­ted .268 with 86 RBIs and 27 home runs this sea­son.

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