The return of Didi Gregorius

Prior to tonight’s series opener in Cleveland, the Yankees reinstated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 60-day IL. Thairo Estrada was optioned to AAA following yesterday’s contest. Gregorius returns after undergoing Tommy John surgery last October; he sustained the injury on a headfirst slide into home during the ALDS.

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Gregorius is a welcome addition to a Yankees lineup that is slowly but surely beginning to overcome the injury woes it has faced this season. He’s become a stalwart in the heart of the Yankees’ order over the past three campaigns, putting up high averages and solid power numbers while becoming a fan-favorite in the Bronx along the way. In 134 games last season, Sir Didi posted a .268/.335/.494 slash with 27 home runs and 84 RBI.

Didi’s insertion back into the lineup will mean more regular days off throughout the infield, a unit that has fared quite well in his absence. While Gio Urshela will stay put at third, Gleyber Torres will slide back to his regular second base, and DJ LeMahieu will rotate between first, second, and third, keeping everybody fresh for the long haul.

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