Gio Urshela to make spring training debut after undergoing offseason surgery

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Gio Urshela is in the Yankees’ lineup and batting second for Thursday’s game against the Phillies, as the third baseman is set to make his spring training debut.

Urshela underwent surgery after the 2020 season to remove a bone chip from his right elbow, an operation that occurred in December, and the Yanks have been slowly bringing Urshela up to speed with plans of the 29-year-old being ready for Opening Day.

Carlos Mendoza, filling in as Yankee manager while Aaron Boone recovers from surgery to receive a pacemaker, said he expects Urshela to get two at-bats on Thursday.

Urshela represents a crucial piece to the Yankee infield as one of the team’s top defenders who has also been a revelation at the plate since his breakout 2019 season. Urshela slid into a regular role that year due to multiple injuries and put up an .889 OPS in 132 games, then posted another solid season in 2020, slashing .298/.368/.490. His grand slam in game two of the Wild Card round against Cleveland was one of the team’s biggest hits of the year.

Thursday’s game begins at 1:05 p.m., but won’t be televised until 4 p.m. on MLB Network.

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