Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres injured his left thumb during today’s 2-0 loss to the Mariners, and manager Aaron Boone told reporters (including The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler) that Torres will receive an MRI to determine the extent of the problem. For now, Boone indicated there is some concern that Torres has suffered a notable injury.
Torres hurt his thumb in the fourth inning while making a headfirst slide on a steal of second base. Trainers checked on Torres but he remained on the field for most of the game, even hitting a single in his next plate appearance. Torres kept playing until the top of the ninth, when Tyler Wade replaced him at shortstop.
Even with today’s 3-for-4 performance, Torres is still hitting only .253/.328/.351 over 407 plate appearances, representing below-average offensive production (92 wRC+). That slash line does include an improved .833 OPS over his 82 PA prior to today’s game, however, so an injury just when Torres has been starting to heat up would be particularly inopportune.
Besides Torres and the injured Gio Urshela, Wade is the only other player who has seen time at shortstop for the Yankees this season. Wade can cover the position if Torres only needs a game or two off, but a potential trip to the injured list for Torres would further test the depth of a New York club that has already been drastically shorthanded due to a COVID-19 outbreak.