Yankees News: Gleyber Torres, Starlin Castro Among Possible Replacements If Didi Gregorius Misses Time With Injury
The New York Yankees have a problem heading into Opening Day because their starting shortstop Didi Gregorius suffered a shoulder injury during the World Baseball Classic. Some of the possible replacements for him if he misses time include top prospect Gleyber Torres and second baseman Starlin Castro.
According to Newsday, Gregorius is set to return to Tampa Bay on Tuesday to undergo tests for his right shoulder. He suffered the injury while playing for the Netherlands in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Yankees manager Joe Girardi is hoping that the injury is not serious.
"Because we haven't seen him, we don't know exactly what it means. He's going to have more tests. It's obviously not what you want to hear, but hopefully, it's something short," Girardi said on Monday.
But if Didi Gregorius misses time with the shoulder injury, the Yankees will have to name a new shortstop for Opening Day. Here are some of the possible options for the Yankees via Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News.
Many Yankees fans want Gleyber Torres to get the nod because of his performance in Spring Training. However, he has not played a single game above A-ball so he is surely not going to get the starting job. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman also insisted that the team will not start Torres in the majors this season.
The former shortstop is possibly the best option for the Yankees. Starlin Castro played the position for the six seasons with the Cubs. However, he was not the best at the position, but he played well in three games at short last season.
Some of the other players who can play shortstop for the Yankees include Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade and Rube Tejada. Torreyes was the team's utility man last season, while Wade is a utility prospect, who only played at Double-A last season. Tejada, on the other hand, is the former shortstop for the New York Mets who is looking to make the Yankees roster.
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