When the Yankees open their homestand on Friday, they count on to have Gleyber Torres again at shortstop for the primary time since Aug. 8, when he sprained his thumb.
Torres performed one other rehab recreation at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, going 1-for-3. His return doesn’t imply the Yankees infield will essentially be again to full energy, since Gio Urshela injured his left hand in Tuesday’s loss in Anaheim and was resulting from get an MRI examination.
Aaron Boone stated Wednesday they hoped Urshela can be OK by Friday. If not, Andrew Velazquez or Rougned Odor might fill in at third.
Velazquez performed properly at quick in Torres’ absence and is a superior defender, however the Yankees are relying on Torres’ bat to choose up the place he left off final month.
Torres has largely been a multitude on the plate this season, his energy just about gone, however he was hitting properly earlier than he suffered the harm diving right into a base.
In his previous seven video games, Torres went 10-for-24 with 4 doubles and 5 RBIs.
The house run has nearly fully disappeared for Torres.
After hitting 24 homers in 123 video games as a rookie in 2018, Torres exceeded expectations with 38 residence runs in 2019.
However his numbers fell off a cliff within the COVID-shortened season a yr in the past, together with his slugging share dropping from .535 to .368. And this season it’s slipped to .351.
Superior metrics think about Torres a below-average offensive participant this season, which makes it harder to stay together with his shaky protection at quick.
The beginning of a brand new month didn’t do something to vary Joey Gallo’s fortunes as a Yankee. The left fielder went hitless in 4 at-bats and is 2-for-21 with a double, 4 walks and 5 strikeouts in his previous six video games. He hasn’t had an RBI in 25 plate appearances, extending his brutal stretch since arriving to the Yankees from Texas on the commerce deadline.
Aaron Boone has defended Gallo, pointing to his walks, energy and potential.
“We would like him to get sizzling and hit for energy,’’ Boone stated. “I nonetheless suppose what we’re seeing is a man that’s stringing collectively actually good at-bats. I do know a sizzling streak is coming as a result of he’s not a man that’s not seeing the ball properly. … I’m watching at-bat after at-bat of his and see the standard of it. I belief within the reality he’s gonna get rolling for us.”
Nestor Cortes Jr. is scheduled to start out for the Yankees on Friday in opposition to the Orioles, with Jordan Montgomery going Saturday and Corey Kluber making his second begin on Sunday since coming back from a strained shoulder that sidelined him for 3 months.