Didi Gregorius: I’ll return to Yankees nearly as good as new

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He can’t inform you when, or the place, however Didi Gregorius vowed Saturday that he shall return as the identical participant he was earlier than he suffered his stunning damage.

“Actually assured,” the Yankees’ shortstop mentioned when requested of his convictions that Tommy John surgical procedure on his proper elbow wouldn’t sidetrack his progress. “I don’t suppose a lot goes to vary. It’s simply surgical procedure and that’s it.”

The 28-year-old, in his first public phrases because the Yankees introduced his damage, mentioned he didn’t have a timeline for when he might rejoin the energetic roster. He figures to overlook at the least April and Could after present process the process in October.

When he arrived at T-Cellular’s flagship retailer in midtown Manhattan at an look to greet followers, Gregorius wore a brace on his proper arm. He eliminated that earlier than the occasion started, and he shook arms and signed autographs along with his proper hand, with out obvious pressure or effort. He’s rehabilitating in Tampa on the Yankees’ minor league advanced, he mentioned.

The damage occurred on one play in ALDS Recreation 2 at Fenway Park, Gregorius divulged: Ian Kinsler’s seventh-inning double to deep left area that Andrew McCutchen misplayed off the Inexperienced Monster, compelling Gregorius to seize the ball near McCutchen and hurl it towards residence in an effort to stop Mitch Moreland from scoring. Miguel Andujar lower off the throw within the infield.

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Didi GregoriusJeff Zelevansky

“I already knew [surgery would be needed] as quickly because it occurred on that play in Boston,” Gregorius mentioned, “I already knew it was going to occur. I instructed them I’m enjoying; I don’t care what they are saying.” He mentioned he’s approaching his rehabilitation with the identical doggedness.

As to how Gregorius feels in regards to the Yankees’ passive-aggressive dance with free-agent shortstop/third baseman Manny Machado, or about normal supervisor Brian Cashman’s declaration he would really like Gregorius (who’s eligible without cost company a 12 months from now) in a Yankees uniform for the long run, these queries stay unanswered — and unasked.

After the always-gracious Gregorius instructed three reporters he’d reply their questions for 2 minutes earlier than departing for an additional dedication, certainly one of Gregorius’ representatives, clearly bucking for a promotion, lower off the interview session after one minute and 5 seconds.

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