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General manager Brian Cashman didn't seem as confident on Monday. Asked by MLB.com's Bryan Hoch if Gregorius had shown enough in camp to play against left-handers, Cashman said, "It’s something we could consider but (Brendan) Ryan’s also here for a reason."
Gregorius is hitting .300 this spring.
Gregorius tweaked his wrist on a check swing Saturday and is scheduled to rest Sunday and Monday. He has hit .308/.349/.513 over 39 at-bats this spring.
Gregorius is hitting .308/.349/.513 over 39 at-bats this spring.
"Didi is unbelievable, as good a shortstop as I've seen," first baseman Mark Teixeira said, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. "And I'm not overexaggerating."
Teixeira was Alex Rodriguez's teammate back 2003 with the Rangers, when Rodriguez was highly touted for his defensive skillset at shortstop. When Rosenthal relayed Teixeira's comments to Rodriguez, he said: "He has a rare combination of speed and explosiveness. But what you don't see is an incredibly strong arm that is so accurate. That combination is lethal," Rodriguez said.
"[Gregorius] has made plays from the hole, from his back foot, throwing the ball 90 mph across the diamond from his back foot," Rodriguez said. "You don't see that. It also makes it a lot easier for your third baseman to play third base."
Still, manager Joe Girardi doesn't plan on changing the way his club uses defensive shifts based on Gregorius' range.
"We'll still shift. We'll still go according to the charts," Girardi said.
Gregorius, 25, was acquired from the Diamondbacks in a three-team trade this offseason. He hit .226 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 270 plate appearances in 2014. He has a .680 OPS in 724 career plate appearances, including a .490 OPS against left-handed pitching.
"He has a chance to be a special defender," third baseman Chase Headley said, per MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince. "He has all the tools -- the athleticism, the instincts, the arm, everything, tools-wise, that you want to see in a shortstop."
Headley said that Gregorius gives him an extra two steps worth of infield that he doesn't have to worry about, as his range will reach balls that otherwise would be Headley's responsibility.
"I don't hear a lot of people talking about it, but I'm sure people are going to realize how good defensively we're going to be," infield coach Joe Espada said. "If we stay healthy, we're going to help this team win some games with our gloves."
"I'm not replacing him," Gregorius said of Jeter's shadow. "It's not like he's here and playing a different position. I just have to play my game."
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