CHICAGO - Stephen Drew raved about Didi Gregorius. "He's just feeling more relaxed, and that's what it takes," he said after Gregorius' 14-for-32 road trip. "Early on, he had it tough coming in and taking the shoes of the captain [Derek Jeter] and everybody's on him. He's played a heck of a shortstop."
Drew knows the feeling of "everybody" being on him. Arguably the least popular Yankee among fans because of his offensive struggles, the second baseman has quietly put together a solid stretch. He tripled, doubled and singled, drove in four runs and scored two in Sunday's 12-3 win over the White Sox to complete a trip in which he went 10-for-27.
Though his average still sits below .200 -- he's at .199 -- it would be unfair to call him unproductive. Of his 56 hits this season, 27 have been for extra bases and 13 have been homers.
Drew said the cycle was on his mind when he came up in the eighth. He struck out, but he didn't seem too disappointed. "It was a good day," he said. "For me, it's a huge win. It's one step next to where we want to be."
Moreno to DL
Diego Moreno, who pitched a hitless 51/3 innings Tuesday and allowed four runs in three innings Saturday night, was put on the DL Sunday morning with right elbow inflammation.
"The back of his elbow is bothering him," Joe Girardi said. "It's not the ligament, it's not the forearm. It's unfortunate. Hopefully, it's not long."
Beltran still sore
Carlos Beltran, who sat out Saturday night's game with a sore left foot, returned to the lineup and was 0-for-2 with a walk before Chris Young replaced him in the fifth. "Sore but I'm OK," he said. "Nothing to worry about.''