New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to miss the first month of the regular season after straining his right shoulder while away at the World Baseball Classic.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that Gregorius is likely to be sidelined six weeks. Opening day for the Yankees is April 2 at Tampa Bay.
Gregorius was hurt when he turned a double play for the Netherlands on Saturday in an exhibition game against Arizona in preparation for the WBC semifinals.
“It’s someone we’re going to miss,” manager Joe Girardi said before Tuesday’s game against Boston in Tampa, Florida. “Guys are going to have to step up.”
The 27-year-old Gregorius hit .276 with 20 home runs and 70 RBIs last season.
The Yankees have backup shortstops Ronald Torreyes and Ruben Tejada in camp, along with utilityman Tyler Wade and top prospect Gleyber Torres. Cashman said Torres won’t be in the mix at the start, and the prized youngster was reassigned to Double-A Trenton in minor league camp Tuesday night.
Second baseman Starlin Castro will likely get some time at shortstop over the final week and a half of spring training. Barry’s Bonding
Barry Bonds is returning to the San Francisco Giants as a special adviser. The home run champion was scheduled to help coach at spring training beginning Wednesday in Scottsdale, Arizona. He will work with the minor league teams, too.
Red Sox 4, Yankees 2 Chris Sale struck out 10 Yankees in six innings, giving Boston’s new ace 20 strikeouts with just one walk in 16 innings this spring. He allowed four hits, including Matt Holliday’s fourth homer, a two-run shot that came in Sale’s last inning.
Mike Miller hit his first homer and prospect Sam Travis added an RBI single off New York starter Bryan Mitchell, who allowed seven hits and struck out seven in 4 1/3 innings.
Nationals 3, Braves 1 Gio Gonzalez gave up one run on three hits and one walk over 4 1/3 innings and has a 1.10 ERA this spring. Ryan Zimmerman went 2 for 4, extending his hit streak to six games. He is hitting .625 over that stretch after going 0 for 17 in his first nine appearances.
Astros 2, Marlins 1 Mike Fiers struck out five over four scoreless innings for Houston. Yuli Gurriel and prospect Derek Fisher homered. Jose Altuve, who hit .286 in seven games for Venezuela at the World Baseball Classic, went 1 for 4 and is hitting .100 (2 for 20) this spring.
Wei-Yin Chen struck out six and walked none while allowing three hits and two runs over five innings for Miami.
Phillies 9, Twins 5 Aaron Altherr led off Philadelphia’s six-run ninth inning with a homer. Odubel Herrera had two hits and drove in two runs and Freddy Galvis homered.
Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson gave up one in five innings.