WEST PALM BEACH — Yankees SS Didi Gregorius has a bruised right shoulder, ending his time at the World Baseball Classic and leaving his status for opening day in doubt.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn't put a timetable on a return, only saying, "He's going to be sidelined for a bit." The Yankees start the regular season April 2 at the Rays.
It is not certain how or when Gregorius got hurt while helping the Netherlands reach the semifinals of the WBC. He hit .348, driving in eight runs and scoring five in the tournament.
Gregorius had an MRI exam in Los Angeles on Sunday. He was returning to the Yankees' spring complex in Tampa and will be re-evaluated by team doctors. Girardi said the doctor who initially examined Gregorius was "really encouraged by his strength."
Gregorius is among a handful of major-leaguers to leave their WBC team because of injuries.
Marlins 3B Martin Prado strained his hamstring while playing for Venezuela and returned to Miami last weekend. Royals All-Star C Salvador Perez injured his knee in a home plate collision and also left the Venezuelan team.
BLUE JAYS: Star 3B Josh Donaldson made his spring training debut as a DH, going 0-for-2 with a walk in his first game since injuring his right calf more than a month ago. Donaldson is scheduled to play at his normal third base spot Wednesday.
GIANTS: LH reliever Will Smith is headed for an MRI exam after leaving his outing with pain in his pitching elbow.
REDS: RHP Scott Feldman will start on opening day against the Phillies.