Didi Gregorius was telling jokes and insisting he was fine, even as he remained on the ground near second base in the eighth inning of the Yankees’ 7-6 win over the Indians Friday night at the Stadium.
Gregorius, playing to the right of second base with the shift on, was kicked in the back of the head by Francisco Lindor as he dived to get a forceout.
Gregorius said he wanted to get right up but was told to stay on the ground until he could be examined by the Yankees’ medical staff.
“They said, ‘What day is it?’ and I said, ‘May the Fourth be with you,’ ” he said on Star Wars Night at the ballpark.
Aaron Boone said Gregorius probably will get Saturday’s game off and that it has nothing to do with being kicked. It was a planned day off.
Drury to Trenton
Brandon Drury’s rehab assignment will continue with Double-A Trenton after he batted .385 in eight games over 10 days with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Boone said the move allows Drury to work more closely with Dr. Gil Chimes, the team’s consulting sports medicine chiropractor.
“It’s helping him to get over the hump,” Boone said. “Every couple of days, we’ll evaluate the situation and see where we are roster-wise.”
Drury is not likely to be activated off the 10-day disabled list during the three-game series with the Indians that opened Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
Boone acknowledged that the strong play of several infielders, most notably third baseman Miguel Andujar, has made finding Drury a roster spot a “complicated situation.” However, it also has provided more time to clear up Drury’s issues, which include blurry vision.
“It’s us wanting to get it put behind us as best we can and get him to where he’s in a good place, day in and day out,” Boone said.
Jordan Montgomery (left elbow strain), who is expected to miss six to eight weeks, is relieved that he did not suffer a worse injury. “Hopefully it’s only a month and a half,” he said. “It’s disappointing because I was throwing the ball so well . . . ” Tommy Kahnle (right shoulder tendinitis), who began throwing earlier this week, is expected to start throwing off a mound next week. Boone said he could be activated in the “couple-of-week range.” Adam Warren (back strain) resumed throwing on Thursday and again played catch on Friday . . . The Yankees’ seven-game home winning streak is their longest since 2011 . . . As the Yankees celebrated Star Wars Night on May 4 — May Fourth be with you — Boone said his favorite moment was the trash compactor scene from Episode IV — A New Hope. Or, as he called it, “The original first one.”