New York Yankees SS Didi Gregorius to have Tommy John surgery

Didi Gregorius

Didi Gregorius

Gregorius went 3 for 14 at the plate in the Red Sox series, with two of those hits coming in the decisive Game 4.

Manager Aaron Boone announced Friday that the infielder will undergo Tommy John surgery after injuring his elbow on a throw at Fenway Park during Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

The natural fill-in at short is Gleyber Torres, who could easily slide over from second to his natural position, as he did intermittently when Gregorius was on the DL during the 2018 season.

General manager Brian Cashman estimates a summer return for Gregorius.

Gregorius had two stints on the disabled list this season; one that lasted almost two weeks after he suffered a left heel contusion in late August and the second where he almost missed the entire postseason after he tore cartilage in his right wrist while sliding home. It's unclear how long the procedure will sideline Gregorius, who turns 29 in February, but Boone expressed optimism that he'll be back at some point in 2019 and perhaps even play a bulk of the season.

The 28-year-old started 130 games at shortstop during the regular season, hitting.268/.335/.494 with 27 home runs and 86 RBIs.

The injury to Gregorius could lead to interest in free agent Manny Machado.