OAKLAND, Calif. — The Yankees have hardly missed Gleyber Torres whereas the shortstop has been out since Aug. 9 with a strained left thumb, as Andrew Velazquez and Tyler Wade have stuffed in nicely.
However Torres is predicted again when the Yankees open their subsequent homestand on Friday and he took one other step Sunday, enjoying his first rehab sport with Double-A Somerset.
Torres homered, walked twice and made a bare-handed play at quick in his first sport.
Because the minor leagues are off on Mondays this season, Torres is scheduled to play with Somerset once more on Tuesday and Wednesday earlier than rejoining the Yankees in The Bronx on Friday.
Requested what that might imply for Velazquez’s function, Boone mentioned, “We’ll see. … I don’t wish to soar forward of myself. 5 days [in baseball] generally is a lifetime.”
Torres has had a depressing season, together with his manufacturing on the plate plummeting and lacking time on the COVID-19 IL.
He was having a strong August till struggling the harm diving right into a base.
Gio Urshela had a tough day at third base, the place he made a pair of fielding errors in a 3-1 loss to the A’s.
Boone believed Urshela was distracted on the primary chopper by Matt Chapman within the fourth, as he tried to get the power at third earlier than throwing to first. And he made one other fielding error within the eighth on a grounder by Starling Marte that Boone likened to “a changeup,’’ which made the play difficult.
“I chalk it as much as a type of days,’’ Boone mentioned. “Gio is nearly as good because it will get over there.”
Joey Gallo had solely hit into 9 double performs in his profession earlier than this weekend. Then the outfielder hit into one to finish the highest of the seventh in Saturday’s loss in Oakland and grounded into one other to shut out the highest of the primary on Sunday.
Aaron Decide entered Sunday with a career-high 5 straight multi-hit video games earlier than going hitless on Sunday.
Previous to the sport, Boone known as the stretch one of the best of the season for Decide.
“The one factor about Aaron this 12 months is he’s been remarkably constant,’’ the supervisor mentioned. “He hasn’t had these peaks and valleys. Proper now could be the primary large peak. He’s been locked in right here the final week or two.”
The distinction, in line with Boone, has been Decide’s capacity to get into hitters’ counts and he’s “hitting totally different pitches. He had an excellent really feel for a way guys are attacking him. It’s partly an expertise factor and bodily he’s in a extremely good house. The expertise is cashing checks proper now.”
Decide’s 20-game on-base streak additionally ended Sunday. It was his finest streak since he reached base in 21 consecutive video games in April 2018.
The Yankees’ season-high streak of eight straight video games with a homer ended. It was their longest stretch since they went deep in 10 consecutive video games final August.
Miguel Andujar (left wrist) nonetheless isn’t prepared for rehab video games, in line with Boone and Clint Frazier (undisclosed ailment) is in Tampa, “doing baseball actions.”
Requested if both is perhaps choices for the Yankees within the ultimate month of the common season, Boone mentioned, “I don’t know. I don’t know.”
Shohei Ohtani gained’t pitch in opposition to the Yankees till Tuesday, however they’ll possible see him on the plate on Monday, after they open their sequence in opposition to the Angels.
Corey Kluber, Monday’s starter, mentioned the two-way Ohtani is “extraordinarily proficient hitting and pitching. The extra expertise he good points, each methods, he seems an increasing number of snug doing it.”