This is not the news fans of the New York Yankees were hoping for with less than two weeks until the start of the regular season.
Their starting shortstop is headed to Tampa for further tests on a newly-suffered injury.
Let's try it again: Didi Gregorius has a hematoma of the subscapularis muscle in his throwing shoulder. Headed back to Tampa for more tests— Anthony Rieber (@therealarieber) March 20, 2017
Didi Gregorius has been playing for the Netherlands, a semifinal team, in the World Baseball Classic for the past few weeks. Naturally, his injury will re-open the can of worms surrounding player injuries in the preseason exhibition tournament.
Hematoma: a solid swelling of clotted blood within the tissues.— Anthony Rieber (@therealarieber) March 20, 2017
He's been playing really well for the Netherlands, too.
Outside of the obvious - he'll likely miss the rest of the WBC - the Gregorius injury could have wide-ranging ramifications in the Yankees organization, depending on the severity of the injury. Derek Jeter's successor hit .276 with a career-high 20 home runs and 70 RBI last season, and was primed for another step forward.
If Gregorius misses opener, candidates are Tyler Wade, Torreyes and Tejada. Wade is ahead of Gleyber Torres, who is slated to start at AA— Anthony Rieber (@therealarieber) March 20, 2017
If he is out for an extended period of time, the team could be forced to turn to top prospect Gleyber Torres, who has been playing lights out during Spring Training. Perhaps the more likely option is choosing Tyler Wade from Double-A to hop directly to the bigs, who's also impressed this Spring.
The Yankees have the young depth to recover from Didi's absence. Whether they're daring enough to deploy it is a different issue.