Yankees SS Didi Gregorius will begin a throwing program and then, barring any further issues, he will start a rehab assignment, Joe Girardi told reporters Wednesday.
"I think the throwing program will go according to plan," Girardi said. "I think the amount of games that he plays in is really how he feels, how he feels that he's swinging, and everything is progressing."
In March, Gregorius was diagnosed with a hematoma of the subscapularis muscle in his right shoulder, which the Yankees expected would keep the shortstop sidelined for six weeks.
Gregorius said Wednesday that he'd like to be back with the Yankees when May rolls around, if possible.
"I don't want to rush anything, because if something happens, it's going to be even worse with a setback," Gregorius said.
The 27-year-old went 1-for-5 in two Grapefruit League games before leaving for the World Baseball Classic, and was hitting .348 (8-for-23) with one HR, eight RBIs and four doubles while representing Netherlands in the tournament.
In 153 games for the Yankees last season, Gregorius hit .276 with 20 HR, 70 RBI, and 32 doubles.