Didi Gregorius leaves WBC, returns to Tampa for tests on his right shoulder
According to reports, Gregorius first complained of shoulder stiffness during the Netherlands' exhibition game Saturday against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, and underwent a preliminary MRI Sunday. He then arranged to leave his national team and fly back to Tampa, where he will undergo another MRI and be examined by Yankees doctors on Tuesday.
"It's obviously not something you want to hear, but the doctor (in Arizona) was really encouraged by his strength and felt good about it," manager Joe Girardi told the media prior to the Yankees' game against the Nationals on Monday, "but we thought we're going to cover ourselves. The evaluation from the doctor was his strength was really good, but we've got to see him."
Gregorius, 27, has played in all six of The Netherlands' WBC games so far, slashing .348/.385/.652 with one home run, four doubles, eight RBI, and four runs scored.
The Yankees are hopeful their starting shortstop will be good to go for Opening Day on April 2, but GM Brian Cashman also told the media that if not, the team will look at their internal options to make a decision. Gleyber Torres will likely not be one of the options considered, per Cashman, but Girardi has another possible idea.
"If he is going to be a DL, we've got a lot more to discuss than maybe what we thought we had to discuss," Girardi said. "I'll look at anybody, but you look at a guy like Tyler Wade, who has played very well, and has played at a higher level (than Torres) and has a little bit more experience."
For now, all that is known is that Gregorius will be missing some success on the field on both the professional and national fronts; the Yankees are 19-6 overall this spring after Monday's win, and the Netherlands, who are 4-2 in the WBC, will play Puerto Rico in the semfinals Monday night at Dodger Stadium. A win in that game would advance them to Wednesday's final, where they would face the winner of Tuesday's semifinal between Team USA and Japan.