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Ex-Yankee Didi Gregorius sure he can return to pre-surgery numbers

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Didi Gregorius is healthy again and ready to bet on himself. The former Yankees shortstop has traded midnight blue pinstripes for red, but he is confident that more than a year removed from Tommy John surgery, he can return to being the kind of player he was previously. “Yeah, why wouldn’t I be [confident]?” Gregorius said Thursday at the Phillies spring training complex. Gregorius’ new contract backs up his words. He signed with the Phillies on a one-year deal worth $14 million, which could help reset his value after a down year in 2019. At this time last year, the 29-year-old was still in the middle of rehabbing his surgically repaired right elbow. He returned to the Yankees on June 7 and struggled to f ...