New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in the offseason, the team announced on Friday.
Gregorius, who injured the elbow in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series but played in the rest of the series, is expected to miss the start of the 2019 season as he recovers.
General manager Brian Cashman suggested Gregorius could be back in the lineup sometime in the summer.
“Best to stay general,” said Cashman. “I don’t want to (specifically) say June, July, August.”
Gregorius, 28, missed time in September with torn cartilage in his right wrist but returned in time for the end of the regular season and playoffs.
The Yankees were eliminated by the Red Sox in the ALCS in four games.
Gleyber Torres could replace Gregorius at shortstop to start the season, manager Aaron Boone said.
Boone also said there’s a “real chance (Gregorius) plays the bulk of the season with us.”
Gregorius batted .268 with 27 home runs and 86 RBIs during the regular season, his fourth with the Yankees.