Yankees SS Didi Gregorius looked good field grounders and taking batting practice before Sunday's game against the Tigers. And he agreed, saying he felt "good, really good" after the session.
The veteran infielder has been sidelined for a couple weeks now after suffering a bruised left heel on Aug. 20. Though he may feel good, manager Aaron Boone said it isn't time to get Gregorius back just yet.
However, Boone admitted he is close to his return.
"I would say he's probably starting to knock on the door of getting back," Boone told The Post's Dan Martin. "...I don't see him being activated [Monday], but I feel like if today goes well, we're getting a lot closer to a decision."
For now, GM Brian Cashman made the move to add Adeiny Hechavarria, a "defensive wizard" that can hold down shortstop while Gregorius works his way back. His defense is certainly there, but the only catch is his bat.
The Yankees relied on Gregorius normally in their No. 3 or 4 hole, but Hechavarria won't be stationed there with a modest .251/.284/.338 slash line on the season.
Luckily, Gregorius' bat appears to be close to making its return, and Boone said Sunday was a big step forward.
"Today was a really important day because the workload was really ratcheted up even more so [Saturday]," Boone said. "Today was a big barometer for 'How would he bounce back? How would he come in today?' "