Joe Girardi: Didi Gregorius could miss all of April

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The Yankees hope Didi Gregorius will be back from his shoulder injury in May and hope someone who is in camp now can hold the fort until then.

The loss of Gregorius creates a big hole in the Yankees' lineup and on the field, as the skilled shortstop Gregorius broke out offensively last season.

Gregorius, who was injured during an exhibition game Saturday, likely will not return until May at the earliest, according to NY general manager Brian Cashman.

The Yankees will be without one of their top players when they open the regular season.

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Possible replacements for Gregorius include Ronald Torreyes and rookie Tyler Wade. The Yankees are trying to figure out how to get by now that Gregorius is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a right shoulder strain.

Hoch previously reported the 27-year-old left Team Netherlands because of this injury.

Gregorius bashed a career-high 20 home runs last season after never hitting more than 9 during any of his previous major league campaigns. He batted.348 with one homer and eight RBIs in the WBC, where his native Netherlands face Puerto Rico in the semifinals Monday night.