The Yankees announced they are fielding shortstop Gleyber Torres on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb. Utilityman Andres Velazquez has been selected for the list in a corresponding move.
Torres suffered the injury while diving into the bag from second base during the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Mariners. He stayed a few frames before being retired for a defensive replacement in the top of the ninth. Torres was sent for an MRI after the game, however, with coach Aaron Boone. acknowledging the Yankees were concerned that it was a noteworthy issue. At this time, there is no indication Torres has to miss anything beyond the 10-day low, but the injury is apparently serious enough that the organization will shut it down for the next week or more.
The problem comes at an unfortunate time for Torres, who had warmed up at the plate for the past two weeks after an unsatisfactory first half. In total, the 24-year-old is .253 / .328 / .351 with six home runs in 407 plate appearances this season. Torres’ power output has largely evaporated in the past two years, but he had shown signs of life after the All-Star break. Torres has hit three home runs and hit .300 / .337 / .500 in his last 90 plate appearances.
With Torres landing on the disabled list, the Yankees unbelievably have 20 players on the disabled list right now. Some of those players think they’ll be back in the next few days after testing positive for COVID-19, but the Bronx Bombers will have to make do for now without regular players in the lineup like Torres. Gio Urshela, Gary Sanchez other Anthony Rizzo – as well as keys to get started Gerrit cole other Jordan montgomery. It’s a particularly poor fortune for a Yankees club 2.5 games behind the Red Sox for last place in the American League playoffs.
Torres, Urshela and Tyler wade they are the only players who have seen action at shortstop for the Yankees this season. Now it looks like Wade and Velázquez could fill the position. Velázquez, who signed to a minor league contract during the offseason, has a line of .156 / .257 / .219 in 113 major league plate appearances between 2018-20. However, he has had a very strong season at Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre, slashing .283 / .367 / .471 while recording significant action at every shortstop, second and third base.