Wrist improving, Didi nearing return to action

Wrist improving, Didi nearing return to action

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius said that he has regained the range of motion in his sprained left wrist, and he expects to return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday.

Gregorius has not played since Saturday, when he injured the wrist diving for a ground ball. Yankees manager Joe Girardi initially planned to play Gregorius on Wednesday, but opted to give him another day because of lingering swelling.

"Yes, it is improving," Gregorius said. "The swelling went down and everything. It's good today. I went and hit in the cage today and took ground balls. It's feeling good. Hopefully in there tomorrow."

Gregorius is listed on the travel roster for the Yanks' split-squad game against the Tigers on Thursday in Lakeland, Fla. New York's starting infield of Mark Teixeira, Stephen Drew, Gregorius and Chase Headley are all scheduled to make the trip.

"For me, it was just fine," Gregorius said. "[Girardi] told me just take a day with it, and it's fine. It's in their hands, they're the ones making the decisions so they're just taking their time with it. I finally hit in the cage and I'm looking forward to playing tomorrow."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.