With opening day just two weeks away, Yankees shortstopDidi Gregorius has left the World Baseball Classic in Los Angeles to return to New York's spring camp in Tampa, where he'll undergo more testing on an injured right (throwing) shoulder, MLB.com reported.
Gregorius played in six WBC games — one at short, five as DH — for the Netherlands, which is scheduled to face Puerto Rico on Monday at Dodger Stadium in the first of two championship semifinals.
According to Newsday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi says a preliminary MRI exam Sunday showsGregorius has a "hematoma of the subcapsular muscle," a swelling and bruisingin a muscle in the lower part of the shoulder blade.It's unclear how or when he was injured.
Gregorius, 27, hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBIs in 2016.
He was 8-for-23 (.385) with four doubles and a home run in his six WBC games for the Dutch.