Didi To Join RailRiders On Rehab Assignment
The RailRiders are back in town Tuesday, and they’re bringing some big league help with them. Didi Gregorius, the Yankees shortstop who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, will continue his rehab assignment with SWB, Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed after Monday’s win over San Diego. The RailRiders begin a six-game homestand Tuesday against Rochester, a stretch of games that was already supposed to be highlighted by the Red Barons Reunion weekend again Lehigh Valley. Now, Gregorius playing at PNC Field for the first time can be added to the festivities. It’s been almost six years since the Yankees starting shortstop made a trip through Moosic. Derek Jeter joined the club for seven games in the 2013 season, beginning with a four-game stint in early July that year that drew more than 38,000 fans to PNC Field. Gregorius had the surgery Oct. 17 and has zipped along in a recovery that normally forces pitchers to miss more than a year. Even in October, the Yankees were optimistic. In the press conference where they announced Gregorius was injured in a playoff game against the Red Sox, Boone said there was a “realistic chance that he plays the bulk of the season with us.” With Gregorius already playing games, it looks like New York will get him back in June if all keeps going smoothly. Gregorius returned to action Saturday with High-A Tampa, then homered Sunday for the Tarpons. He’s 2 for 7 so far on his rehab assignment. He will be the second Yankee to join the RailRiders on a rehab assignment this year. Outfielder Aaron Hicks played two games with SWB earlier in May.