Both outfielders were involved in an outfield collision on Wednesday. Villar took the legs out from under Grossman while making a sliding catch in the fourth inning against the Phillies.
Houston will face the Marlins on Friday.Analysis:
"Didi is unbelievable, as good a shortstop as I've seen," first baseman Mark Teixeira said, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. "And I'm not overexaggerating."
Teixeira was Alex Rodriguez's teammate back 2003 with the Rangers, when Rodriguez was highly touted for his defensive skillset at shortstop. When Rosenthal relayed Teixeira's comments to Rodriguez, he said: "He has a rare combination of speed and explosiveness. But what you don't see is an incredibly strong arm that is so accurate. That combination is lethal," Rodriguez said.
"[Gregorius] has made plays from the hole, from his back foot, throwing the ball 90 mph across the diamond from his back foot," Rodriguez said. "You don't see that. It also makes it a lot easier for your third baseman to play third base."
Still, manager Joe Girardi doesn't plan on changing the way his club uses defensive shifts based on Gregorius' range.
"We'll still shift. We'll still go according to the charts," Girardi said.
Gregorius, 25, was acquired from the Diamondbacks in a three-team trade this offseason. He hit .226 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 270 plate appearances in 2014. He has a .680 OPS in 724 career plate appearances, including a .490 OPS against left-handed pitching.Analysis:
"He hasn't swung the bat like his numbers. He's swung the bat much better," Ausmus said. "I'm not overly concerned. I'm not concerned at all, actually."
Ausmus attributed his lack of success at the plate to bad luck.
"He's struck out, what, twice in 30 at-bats?" Ausmus said. "Somewhere there's bad luck involved. If you're putting the ball in play that much and you're not getting hits, there's a little bit of bad luck involved. He's not a .100 hitter."
After singling on Wednesday, Iglesias broke a string of 23 at-bats without a hit. He is now 3 for 33 during the spring.Analysis:
The 24-year-old was batting .421 in spring training prior to the injury.Analysis:
Pirela is batting .370 (10 for 27) with two triples, three doubles, five RBI, three walks, four runs and six strikeouts in 15 spring games.Analysis:
Franklin, who will begin the season on the disabled list, is expected to platoon at second base with Logan Forsythe and back up Asdrubal Cabrera at shortstop when healthy.Analysis:
Alberto went 7 for 30 with two steals in 13 games this spring. Gonzalez, who was thought to be in the mix for a rotation spot, posted a 3.95 ERA and 15:6 K:BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings. Wolf allowed five earned runs in 8 2/3 innings.Analysis:
“Both of those guys come to play,” Ventura said, per the Chicago Tribune. “When you’re young and in a competitive position battle like this, it’s good not only for them but for everybody else to see it.”
Johnson and Sanchez have both been doing well offensively. Johnson is batting .455 with a .514 on-base percentage, .636 slugging percentage and 1.150 OPS in 13 spring games, while Sanchez is batting .346 with a .414 on-base percentage.
While Johnson is putting up big numbers offensively, there are still some questions as to whether he is ready defensively. Johnson committed an error and misplayed another hit during Sunday's spring game against the Brewers.
“Even some of the best defensive players have those days, and you have to put it behind you (and) come out here in the morning and maybe figure out what happened,” Ventura said. “The game’s a little bit faster up here, and he’s getting a taste of that on occasion.”Analysis:
"We invested in him because we thought he was arrow-up. We've been encouraged this winter and this spring by the feeling that he's kind of recommitted, after last year being below his standards.
"We don't see why he can't be one of the best defensive players and baserunners in the game. He controls the bat, he can get on base, do some different things. I don't expect him to hit for power, but I think he can be an impactful player. He's a winning player."
Andrus, a defensive-minded player, was told by manager Jeff Bannister he should be able to win a Gold Glove.
"I'm working on it," Andrus said. "It's easy to say. But you have to go out there and be consistent, especially on routine ground balls. That's one of the things I'm working on right now. I know that if I can make that happen, I would have a chance to win."Analysis:
"It is an important step," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "I think his legs are under him a little more now and he's feeling a lot better. "He booted the one ball, but it wasn't because of lack of mobility. He just booted it. He looked OK."
Bloomquist is expected to back up Brad Miller after Chris Taylor suffered a broken bone in his wrist.Analysis: