Gregorius went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Friday's 5-0 win over the Rays. It's his third multi-hit performance in his last five games, and Gregorius has shaken off his May slump with a .317/.391/.537 slash line through 11 contests in June that includes three homers, four steals, four RBI, 10 runs and an impressive 4:4 BB:K.
Gregorius is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rays, Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News reports. The Yankees are going with a primarily right-handed hitting lineup against lefty Blake Snell, so Gregorius will head to the bench while Ronald Torreyes picks up a start at shortstop in his stead. Gregorius is starting to find a rhythm at the dish after a prolonged slump, as he's hitting a solid .270/.357/.432 across 10 games in June.
Gregorius is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader against the Tigers. Gregorius will take a seat for the second game of Monday's twin bill after going 1-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored during the Yankees' 7-4 win in Game 1. Gleyber Torres will slide over to man shortstop in his stead, allowing Neil Walker to pick up a start at the keystone.
Gregorius will start at shortstop and hit seventh Monday against the Astros, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Gregorius is batting a lowly .102 since April 28, but Yankees manager Aaron Boone has kept deploying him between the No. 3 and 5 spots in the order for the past month with the hope the shortstop's production would eventually turn a corner. After Gregorius went hitless during the Yankees' three-game series with the Angels over the weekend, it appears Boone has finally had a change of heart. Gregorius' placement as the No. 7 hitter represents his lowest slotting of the season, and there's reason to believe he may be stuck in the bottom third until his bat begins to heat up after the Yankees recently added another lefty power bat to their lineup in first baseman Greg Bird.
Gregorius is not in the lineup Sunday against the Royals. Gregorius will hit the bench for the second consecutive game as the Yankees again turn to Ronald Torreyes at shortstop. Gregorius still owns a 123 wRC+ on the season but has picked up just one hit in his last 39 at-bats. Manager Aaron Boone may be hoping that a couple of days out of the lineup will help the struggling shortstop rediscover his elite form at the plate.
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