April 17, 2021

Yankees’ Gio Urshela passes key test in return from elbow surgery (New York Post)


TAMPA — Gio Urshela finally got into a game Thursday to see how his elbow would fare in his first live action since having surgery on it exactly three months ago.

The Yankees’ third baseman only got a brief test, but so far, so good.

“I felt really good,” Urshela said after playing three innings — and making just one throw, from the shortstop spot on a shift — during the Yankees’ 15-0 loss to the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla. “I felt 100 percent.”

Urshela had surgery Dec. 4 to remove a bone chip from his right elbow, after battling through it during the latter part of last season. He had been building up his strength in camp before making his spring debut Thursday. The 2019 breakout star went 0-for-2 at the plate, lining out to center field and striking out.

“It was just good to see him out there,” said bench and infield coach Carlos Mendoza, who is managing in Aaron Boone’s absence.

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Gio Urshela
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Mendoza said he could tell two to three weeks before camp officially started that Urshela would be good to go, after watching him at the Yankees’ player development complex. He said the most important thing was seeing…

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