The Yankees and Didi Gregorius got good news Wednesday.
After having the torn cartilage in his right wrist examined by doctors, the shortstop was cleared to restart baseball activities, Aaron Boone confirmed on “The Michael Kay Show” on 98.7 ESPN NY.
“He got good news, he’s cleared to go,” the Yankee manager told Kay. “He’s going to do tee and toss (hitting), hit in the cage today and get all his work in.
“Hopefully everything goes well,” Boone continued. “We’re very optimistic with where he is at.”
Boone also said that Aaron Hicks, who left Monday night’s game with a tight left hamstring, could be back in the lineup as soon as Friday night. Boone did not want to test the leg out on the artificial turf at Tropicana Field Wednesday or Thursday.
“We’re in a good spot there, we’re treating it conservatively,” Boone said. “He got the MRI, no grade of strain… Especially with being on turf, I wanted to be careful. He’s hitting in cage today, but you probably won’t see him (Wednesday) night or (Thursday).”
Gleyber Torres, who was scratched with groin/hip/leg tightness on Tuesday, was also out of the lineup on Wednesday. Boone said it was a precaution with the Yankees playing on the turf.
Hicks and Torres are likely to be back for Friday night’s series opener against the Red Sox at Fenway, the final regular-season series of the year. The timeline seems to indicate there is a good chance Gregorius will be back for the Oct. 3 American League wild card game.
“That’s certainly the hope,” Boone said, before cautioning that Gregorius has to “get through the next few days as we really ramp up the baseball activities.”
The 28-year old shortstop is hitting .268, with a career-high 27 homers, 86 RBIs and 10 stolen bases this season. That’s a pretty big bat out of the lineup, particularly with Aaron Judge still trying to find his way back from missing seven weeks with a fractured right wrist.
Defensively, Gregorius is the top-rated shortstop in fielding percentage in the majors, with just five errors on 470 total chances in the field.