Yankees' shortstop Didi Gregorius told reporters that he remains optimistic that he'll return this season after injuring his wrist on a game-winning slide at home.
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius told reporters Monday that he is optimistic he could return from a right wrist injury before the regular season ends. On Sunday, New York manager Aaron Boone told reporters that Gregorius could potentially miss the remainder of the season due to the injury.
Gregorius underwent an MRI that received a small cartilage tear, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. He received a cortisone injection for the injury. Gregorius said his wrist was feeling much better Monday.
Gregorius sustained the injury while sliding head-first into home plate against the Orioles on Saturday night. Gregorius raced all the way from first base to score on Aaron Hicks's walk-off double, a play that clinched New York a spot in the American League Wild Card game.
Didi Gregorius said that his wrist got caught under him on the slide. It didn’t bother him until this morning. The MRI showed a small tear. He said that he has a “high” level of optimism that he can return this year.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 23, 2018
“I would not want to sit out and watch that (Wild Card Game).”
Gregorius expressed a desire to play in the AL Wild Card game, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 3. He told reporters that he has movement in the injured area, and that a decision will likely come when the game is played.
Gregorius is batting .268 with 27 home runs, 86 RBIs and 10 stolen bases this season. He was activated earlier this month after being placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left heel contusion.
Adeiny Hechavarria, who the Yankees acquired in a trade with the Pirates earlier this season, is listed as New York's backup shortstop.