According to several sources, the Yankees will activate shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day DL on Friday. The left-handed hitting shortstop from Curaçao injured the shoulder of his throwing arm in a practice game vs the Arizona Diamondbacks that preceded the World Baseball Classic semi-final game between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Puerto Rico.
Last night, the Yankees announced that Didi will return to the lineup on Friday. It was clear that Didi did not suffer any discomfort during his rehab games with the Tampa Yankees. It is up to manager Joe Girardi where to put Didi in the lineup. Last year he developed into a run producer as he hit .276 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI.
Even though sources say, Didi isn’t placed in the lower third of the lineup, it may be wise to put him there for the time being as he is known to be a slow starter.
Joe Girardi stated: “I am going to have to make an adjustment now that Didi is coming back because you figure he is going to hit somewhere in the middle area,’’ Girardi said before the Yankees’ 3-0 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday night at Fenway Park. “I am going to have to figure that out and how to separate the lefties.’’
Now Jacoby Ellsbury is hitting well, it may be an option to put him in the leadoff spot and to move Brett Gardner, who is struggling at the plate, to the lower part of the lineup.
With the Tampa Yankees (A-Advanced, Florida State League), Didi hit a whopping .444 with one home run and a double. He posted an on-base-percentage of .474 and a slugging percentage of .667.