AUGUST 22: Torres will miss “at least a couple weeks…probably [in] that two to three week range,” manager Aaron Boone told the New York Daily News’ Kristie Ackert and other reporters.
AUG. 21, 3:41pm: The Yankees announced that they’ve placed Torres on the IL with Grade 1 strains of his left quad and hamstring.
3:22pm: Torres will “likely” require an IL stint, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports.
2:30pm: The Yankees announced that shortstop Gleyber Torres left their game against the Rays on Thursday with a tight left hamstring. He’s being evaluated.
It’s too early to say how severe this injury is, though hamstring iissues often lead to fairly long absences. That would be an especially troubling development for a Yankees team whose offense is already shorthanded. Torres’ double-play partner, second baseman D.J. LeMahieu, has been out since last weekend with a thumb injury, and he won’t return for at least a couple more weeks. Slugging outfielders Aaron Judge (calf) and Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) have also sat out for roughly half of August, though the former could return in the coming days.
Torres hasn’t gotten off to the prolific starts that LeMahieu, Judge and Stanton have, as he has batted just .231/.341/.295 with one home run in 91 plate appearances. That’s highly disappointing from someone who masheed 38 homers during an All-Star 2019. Nevertheless, there’s no debating that the 23-year-old is an integral part of their roster and someone far more qualified than the rest of the shortstops the Yankees have on hand.
After Torres went down, the club subbed in Thairo Estrada at second and shifted Tyler Wade from the keystone to short. Notably, the Yankees did just sign veteran middle infielder Jordy Mercer, whom they could call on if Torres has to miss time.