Latest Update (April 26)
9:15AM: Didi Gregorius went 2-for-3 with a home run Tuesday night, and is now 6-for-14 in four Single-A games.
A scout watching Gregorius in Tampa said the Yankees shortstop looks ready to return to the big leagues.
"He was awesome, on time and ready to play [big league games],'' the scout told George A. King III of the New York Post about Gregorius. "Everything about him was awesome.''
Gregorius, who has been rehabbing a right shoulder strain suffered during the World Baseball Classic, could come off the disabled list Friday night to face the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.
When Gregorius returns, Ronald Torreyes will go back to his role as the team's utility infielder.
Previous Reports (April 23)
8:47PM: The New York Yankees hope Didi Gregorius can return from the disabled list and resume his role as starting shortstop on Friday, according to Newsday's Erik Boland.
Gregorius went 2-for-5 with a double in his third rehab game with High-A Tampa on Sunday. He began a throwing program two weeks ago after he suffered a shoulder injury in March while playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.
Girardi said "it's possible" Gregorius could return Friday, but will play rehab games on Tuesday and Wednesday before a decision is made.
Asked before Sunday's game if Ronald Torreyes, who is hitting .293 with one home run and 13 RBIs in 17 games this season, could make Girardi's decision difficult, he responded, "Didi is our shortstop."
Gregorius, 27, hit .276 with 20 home runs and 70 RBIs in 153 games last season.