Boone On WFAN: Gregorius Cleared To Resume Baseball Activities

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September 26, 2018 - 4:01 pm
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius hits a two-run home run against the Orioles on Sept. 21, 2018, at Yankee Stadium.

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It appears as if the Bronx Bombers have dodged a major bullet. 

Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters Sunday that shortstop Didi Gregorius tore cartilage in his right wrist on his headfirst slide into home Saturday night, and it was possible that the 28-year-old would be forced to miss the rest of the season.

However upon meeting with doctors Wednesday, the shortstop received some great news and has been cleared to resume baseball activities, Boone confirmed on Mike's On.

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"He saw the doctor, the hand specialist, today that cleared him for baseball activities," Boone told Mike Francesa Wednesday evening. "He just got through hitting in the cage, he hit off the tee, soft-toss, faced coaches throwing to him, and then went outside and did his groundballs and throwing and stuff...

"Everything went well with that. So it was a really good first step getting back into the baseball thing. But now we'll just see how he responds, continue to listen to the doctors and hope it continues to trend in this way."

Gregorius is not the only Yankees starter looking to make a return to the field this week.

Outfielder Aaron Hicks left the team's game Monday with a tight left hamstring and has remained out of the lineup since.

Hicks is having a solid season, smacking 26 home runs and 76 RBI to go with his .247 batting average.

While the injury may have given the team a bit of a scare Monday, it appears to only be a minor one, as Boone told Francesa he expects Hicks back for this weekend's series against the Red Sox.

"Hicks we think is just about good to go," Boone said. "He also hit today. He'll go out tomorrow with Didi before and hit and run the bases. We'll probably plan on him being back in the lineup Friday in Boston."

The Yankees already got their big bullpen arm back last week when closer Aroldis Chapman was activated from the DL.

Chapman has had mixed results in his three appearances since rejoining the team. He was rocked for three runs in 0.2 innings against the Red Sox in his first game back, but has since rallied to throw two shutout innings, one against Baltimore and one against Tampa Bay, over the last few days.

His two most recent outings have provided Boone with some hope that his closer is returning to his normal self, but the manager was not ready to commit to Chapman being his closer in next week's American League Wild Card Game.

"No I wouldn't say either way," Boone said when asked if Chapman would serve as the team's closer against Oakland in the crucial win-or-go-home game. "We'll continue to play that by ear... I feel like his last two outings have been good and I feel like he's building momentum. He's doing a pretty good job of bouncing back. But we'll continue to have those conversations amongst coaches, and also with Aroldis, and hopefully keep all of our guys ready in any kind of situation."