UPDATE (Aug. 6 at 11:50 p.m. EDT): Torres is headed back to New York for further tests. I would assume the Yankees will place Torres on the injured list instead of playing with a one-man bench (assuming Urshela’s leg needs more time).
Aaron Boone did not elaborate on what was happening with Torres, once again only referring to it as “core pain”.
For the second time in three games, Gleyber Torres has exited early with the vague reason of “core pain” given by the team.
Torres had been the designated hitter after leaving Sunday’s game in the top of the eighth inning. ESPN’s Buster Olney noted in a tweet that Torres appeared to be showing comfort earlier in the game.
Torres played a full game Monday, albeit as the designated hitter. He went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. A tweet from his father in Spanish stated that Torres had passed all tests at the hospital and would travel with the team to Baltimore.
“First of all, I feel good. Last night I felt something different in my body. In that moment I didn’t know what it was exactly, I was just trying to tell the trainer. After that moment I went to the hospital. I got a lot of tests if I had a hernia or something like that, but all good. I took a pill last night and right in the morning today, and I feel so [much] better right now.”Gleyber Torres, via MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch and Zachary Silver
It appeared Torres lunged after a curveball from Asher Wojciechowski in the dirt in the third inning. After that, Breyvic Valera took over at second base. The team gave their update regarding their starting second baseman during the bottom of the seventh inning.
It’s been a rough go of things for the Yankees infield of late, with DJ LeMahieu playing through a minor groin strain and Gio Urshela out since Sunday after fouling balls off both of his legs. The team is also playing without first basemen Edwin Encarnación (wrist fracture) and Luke Voit (sports hernia) until September.
The infield depth is running thin, especially with Valera already at the big-league level. The last infielders on the 40-man roster are Thairo Estrada and Tyler Wade. Both have contributed at the big-league level this year and have significant versatility on their respective résumés. Estrada showed more ability with the bat this year while Wade appears to contribute exclusively speed and defense.
This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.