Yanks’ Gre­go­rius plays for 1st time since Tommy John surgery

Stan­ton starts re­hab as­sign­ment

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TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yan­kees short­stop Didi Gre­go­rius played five in­nings of de­fense and went 2 for 4 with a walk Mon­day at ex­tended spring train­ing in his first game ac­tion since Tommy John surgery on Oct. 17.

“It was good,” Gre­go­rius said.

Play­ing against Detroit Tigers mi­nor-lea­guers and in front of Yan­kees owner Hal Stein­bren­ner, Gre­go­rius sin­gled twice and cleanly fielded three grounders but had an er­ror for an er­rant throw to first base.

Gre­go­rius is com­ing back from surgery to a torn ul­nar col­lat­eral lig­a­ment in his right el­bow. He ap­pears on track to soon start a mi­nor-league in­jury re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as­sign­ment with Class A Tampa and re­join the Yan­kees in mid-to-late June.

“He got a lot of at-bats, got a cou­ple balls. He threw a ball away, so his arm was feel­ing a lit­tle too good, I guess,” Yan­kees man­ager Aaron Boone said be­fore New York faced the Orioles in Bal­ti­more. “But he got through it. A hot day down there. A cou­ple more days down there and then, hope­fully, get trans­ferred over to the Tar­pons (A ad­vanced). But a big step, ob­vi­ously, in the re­turn for Didi.”

Gre­go­rius had an event­ful first in­ning.

He charged to field a one-hop­per and then make an ac­cu­rate throw to first to re­tire the sec­ond batter.

Af­ter foul­ing a ball off his foot and break­ing a bat on a pop foul, Gre­go­rius drew a walk in the bot­tom half. He slid feet first into sec­ond base on a grounder, then slid head­first into third on an in­field sin­gle.

Gre­go­rius hit .268 with a ca­reer-high 27 homers and 86 RBIs last sea­son. He in­jured the el­bow while mak­ing a throw from left field af­ter a ball bounced off Fen­way Park’s Green Mon­ster dur­ing Game 2 of the AL Di­vi­sion Se­ries at Bos­ton last Oc­to­ber

Out­fielder Gian­carlo Stan­ton was sched­uled to start an in­jury re­hab as­sign­ment for Class A Tampa on Mon­day night. He has not played since March 31 be­cause of a strained left bi­ceps and then a strained left shoul­der.

Short­stop Troy Tu­low­itzki, side­lined since April 3 by a strained left calf, re­sumed on-field bat­ting prac­tice Mon­day and con­tin­ued tak­ing grounders at short­stop and third base.

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