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Gregorius To Undergo Tommy John Surgery, Expected To Miss Start Of 2019 Season

October 12, 2018 - 1:26 pm
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By WFAN.com

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius needs Tommy John surgery and is expected to miss the start of the 2019 season, the team announced Friday.

An MRI on Thursday revealed the tear in his right, throwing elbow. Manager Aaron Boone said he believes it occurred last weekend during the ALDS when Gregorius fielded a ball off the Fenway Park Green Monster and then threw it into the infield.

"He felt something then, and just kind of being the player, as tough as he is and as non-dramatic as he is, just kind of played with it the last couple of days," Boone said at the team's season-ending news conference.

The Yankees did not give a timeframe for Gregorius' return. "We think there's a realistic chance that he plays the bulk of the season with us," Boone said.

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General manager Brian Cashman said Gregorius had a partial tear that was “asymptomatic” when the Yankees acquired him from the Arizona Diamondbacks in December 2014.

Cashman said because so much time had passed without the elbow issue being a problem, he had mostly forgotten about it. But he started to worry about a "worst-case scenario" when he saw Gregorius bounce two throws to first base in Game 4 against the Red Sox. 

"They were un-Didi-like," Cashman said. "You don't see that. And so right away in the back of my mind, I was like, 'Oh boy, I wonder if we have a real problem here.' And unfortunately, the MRI confirmed that we do.

"He's tough. ... He's a special person," Cashman added. "He's also a special player. He battles. If there's something bothering him, he's wired in a way that either he doesn't feel it, he purposely conceals it. ... He just seems to be the type that, whatever it is, he's not going to focus on it, and he's going to be out there and do the best he possible can."

The 28-year-old shortstop batted .268 with a career-high 27 home runs this season.

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Cashman added that pitcher CC Sabathia underwent knee surgery Friday. It was a repeat of the surgery he had after last season, the GM said.