S PETERSBURG, Fla. – Didi Gregorius is excited that in less than 10 days he will be granted the authorization to be the designated hitter in the extended spring training games. However, the shortstop of the Yankees, who is returning from Tommy John's surgery in his right elbow, wants more.
"That's one thing that I'm going to get in them [about] soon, "said Gregorius about playing in the field.
General manager Brian Cashman has told Gregorius that he will start DH on May 20.
Gregorius, who has been training at the Yankees minor league complex in Tampa, joined his MLB teammates for a round of practice on the field at Tropicana Field. He showed significant strength in the game of arms with the coach in the field Carlos Mendoza and saw very well placing balls on the ground and throwing the first.
"[The arm] It feels great, "Gregorius said before the Yankees' 4-3 win over the Rays on Friday night." Since I hit 135 [feet] Pulling, without pain, nothing. That's what I want. & # 39; & # 39;
As for the swing of the bat, Gregorius said he did not feel anything unusual while hitting.
Right reliever Dellin Betances played for the third time this week at 60 feet, but will increase the distance, according to Boone.
"The next time I push back, 75 [feet] and 90 and then 120, "Boone said." And start thinking about getting on a mound and accumulating it slowly. "
Betances opened the season on the disabled list with an impact on his right shoulder that caused inflammation.
In the news of injuries to other pitchers, James Paxton also played on Friday.
"We hope everything goes well there and it seems that he has responded well in recent days and has felt pretty good," Boone said of the left-handed starter, who is on the IL with a swollen left knee. "[Friday] It was the next step for him. "