Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Progress for Gregorius
By Doug Mittler
Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius is eligible to be activated off the seven-day disabled list on Saturday, but manager Kirk Gibson was unsure if the move will be made on that date, reports MLB.com’s Tyler Emerick.
Gregorius cleared all concussion tests Tuesday, four days after being hit in the helmet with a 93-mph fastball from the Rockies’ Josh Outman.
Gregorius, acquired from the Reds last December in a blockbuster three-team trade, has made a solid first impression with the D-backs, batting .407 in his first seven games with a pair of homers. Cliff Pennington will continue to get extra at-bats at shortstop until Gregorius is ready.
In the latest installment of the Rookie Report, ESPN.com's Jim Bowden has Gregorius ranked No. 10 in his list of top 30 first-year players:
Jim BowdenNo. 10 Didi Gregorius
"Gregorius is a plus defender with a plus arm and above-average range to both sides. He owns great instincts around the diamond. Offensively, he has a quick bat and will work the count but needs to work on approach against lefties. He already has won two games with his baserunning, twice taking second on a single when an outfielder either laid back or was on his heels. Gregorius is a great kid who speaks four languages, but he will be out until early May after suffering a concussion on April 26."