The Yankees clearly don’t have multiple options at shortstop, especially with Didi Gregorius on the disabled list. However, Gregorius has taken a major step in his recovery which means we could see Gregorius sooner than we think.
Prior to Tuesday’s game against the Rays, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Gregorius has begun baseball activity today. The activity in specifics was a throwing program.
Gregorius returned to Spring Training on the penultimate day of the World Baseball Classic with a shoulder injury, and was placed on the 10-day DL prior to Monday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Gregorius is expected to return sometime in May.
— Jordan Montgomery and Chad Green were temporarily demoted to Single-A Tampa and will pitch on Thursday for the Tampa Yankees instead of at Triple-A and Double-A. The reason? There’s bad weather approaching the Northeast area and the Yankees want both starters to get their work in before they decide the fifth starter on April 16th.
— The depth chart in the infield suffered in Gregorius’ absence, especially on Monday afternoon. But how bad was it? Well, if the Yankees had tied the game on Monday, the scenario that would have played out was Greg Bird at third, Starlin Castro at shortstop, Chase Headley at third, and Chris Carter at first.
Yikes! Hurry back Gregorius!