Didi excited to return to bigs, this time in Bronx

Didi excited to return to bigs, this time in Bronx

NEW YORK -- The D-backs asked shortstop Didi Gregorius to be patient as he recovered from a strained right elbow, and they planned on waiting a while to bring him up to the big leagues.

The injury bug, though, has bit the D-backs hard this season, and when second baseman Aaron Hill was lost to a broken left hand Tuesday, the D-backs activated Gregorius from the disabled list and brought him up from Triple-A Reno, where he was on a rehab assignment.

Ranked as the D-backs' No. 3 prospect, Gregorius, who was acquired from the Reds in a three-team deal this past winter, has had one other stint in the big leagues. That came last year when he appeared in eight games for Cincinnati.

"It's every little kid's dream to be here," Gregorius said.

The 23-year-old arrived at Yankee Stadium after batting practice Wednesday, and Arizona manager Kirk Gibson did not want to throw Gregorius right into the fire by starting the left-handed hitter against tough southpaw CC Sabathia.

Gregorius is likely to get the start at short in Thursday night's series finale, with Phil Hughes on the mound for New York.

"For me, to be honest, if I get a chance to play in this series, it will be great to play in Yankee Stadium," Gregorius said. "For me, it's awesome just to be here. First time in Yankee Stadium and I really like it."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.