For the New York Yankees, like many teams, maintaining a healthy roster during the off-season can be a challenge. They lack control over that. Then, there are events like the World Baseball Classic, in which the players have the control.
Players have the option to participate in the Baseball Classic or not. Playing can always involve risk of injury. In order to represent their native country and play the sport in the off-season, it can be costly.
The Yankees just suffered a hit in the injury department to one of their star players who was in the World Baseball Classic, Didi Gregorius. The good news is that he decided to leave the WBC, but the bad news is he made his decision a little too late. He just fell to the injury bug.
Didi Gregorius was sidelined with an injury to his throwing shoulder. New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi got the scary call via voicemail from team trainer Steve Donahue on Sunday, according to NJ.com. Their prized shortstop has been unavailable since early March because he was playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.
His unavailability for the Yankees may of just been extended. He will be working on recovering. There is a chance that he will not be able to start off the first game of the season for New York. It may not of been the Yankees intention on kicking off their 2017 with an injured shortstop, but all they can do is hope for the best.
Right now they are playing the worst part of baseball, the waiting game. They are waiting to find out word on Gregorius status. They got result from an MRI that was taken Sunday in Los Angeles, but they are waiting to know more info.
On Tuesday Gregorius will be examined by team doctors in Tampa. They will likely be able to tell the Yankees if Gregorius will be able to participate in their April 2 season opener. “The doctor was really encouraged by his strength and felt good about it, but we thought we’re going to cover ourselves.”
If his injury turns out to be more serious than they thought, the Yankees will have to make a quick decision. They will have to fill in their shortstop slot. Their top option will likely be utility infielder Ronald Torreyes. If it turns out he is not recovering at a good speed, it could put the Yankees in a tough position, with their season around the corner.
Will the New York Yankees have a healthy Gregorius? Is the WBC too risky for star players to participate in? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod