The Yankees have activated SS Didi Gregorius from the disabled list and designated INF Pete Kozma for assignment, the team announced Friday.
Gregorius had been playing rehab games with High-A Tampa.
He had 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.
With Gregorius back, Ronald Torreyes will go back to his role as the team's utility infielder.
Gregorius, 27, hit .276 with 20 home runs and 70 RBIs in 153 games last season.
Kozma, 29, has one hit in nine at-bats this season.
The Yankees had high hopes that Gregorius could carry over his breakout 2016 season into the 2017 campaign. He was raking in the spring, which further increased the excitement surrounding the 27-year-old. Unfortunately, he ended up missing the team's first 20 games.
The positive here is that the injury cost Gregorius less than a month and the club didn't suffer in his absence. Torreyes handled the position quite well in Gregorius' stead. In 65 plate appearances, Torreyes hit .308 with a .308 OBP, a .431 SLG, and a 105 OPS+.
Torreyes was at one point the team leader in RBI and settles in with 13 on the season. He will not receive daily reps now that the infield is fully healthy, but he has shown he doesn't suffer from rust when time is limited.
As for Gregorius, he lengthens an offense that is second in the American League in scoring. Gregorius will likely occupy a spot in the middle of the order (think fifth or sixth), though he can also be slotted in the No. 2 spot if manager Joe Girardi feels so inclined.
The Yankees are now just one player (Gary Sanchez) short of the anticipated starting lineup, which bodes well as they begin to wrap up a surprising April and head into the season's second month.