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Yankees activate Didi Gregorius

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The New York Yankees just got a boost: shortstop Didi Gregorius has been activated from the injured list. He’ll start tonight against the Indians in Cleveland.

Gregorius had been sidelined all season long, having undergone Tommy John surgery during the offseason following an elbow injury sustained in the 2018 postseason. Last year was his best season in the bigs: he hit .268/.335/.494 with 27 homers and 86 RBI.

The Yankees could’ve been in deep trouble without Gregorius — and without Troy Tulowitzki, who they initially had hoped would fill in the gap — but they have managed better than expected. Gleyber Torres has covered short and has had an excellent year at the plate. Taking over at second has, mostly, been D.J. LeMahieu, who has likewise been a strong offensive contributor. With Gregorius back there are now five infielders for four positions once you factor in Luke Voit at first base and Gio Urshela at third.

As for how that will shake out: expect a bit of shuffling around, with LeMahieu moving around, playing some second, first and third, while also slotting into the DH spot from time to time. When he’s in the field, figure that whoever he is spelling will be DHing. When Gregorius needs a rest, Torres can go back to short and LeMahieu can handle the keystone.

Not the worst problem to have.

 

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.