NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gregorius is projected to return to the New York Yankees next month, a faster recovery from Tommy John surgery than expected.
Gregorius is scheduled to play shortstop on Monday at extended spring training in Tampa, Florida. It will be his first game action since surgery Oct. 17 to replace a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Manager Aaron Boone does not expect Gregorius to need the equivalent of a full spring training, which is about six weeks.
Gregorius hit .268 with a career-high 27 homers and 86 RBIs last season. He injured his elbow while making a throw during Game 2 of the AL Division Series at Boston last October.