ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Gleyber Torres was in the Yankees' lineup Saturday night after taking a 92-mph fastball off his right elbow Friday night, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few nervous moments.
As Torres grabbed his elbow after being hit in the eighth inning by the Rays' Casey Sadler, he immediately thought back to June 17, 2017. While playing with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as the top prospect in the Yankees' organization, he hurt his left elbow on a play at the plate and was diagnosed with a torn UCL that required season-ending Tommy John surgery.
“I remembered that a little bit,” Torres said before Saturday night’s game. “I always remember my injury, my Tommy John surgery in 2017. But I’m good right now.”
Torres, who stayed in the game Friday after being hit, had his mind officially put at ease later when X-rays came back negative. “I’m feeling good,” he said. “I hit already [in the cages]. All good.”
Aaron Boone said he felt Friday night that Torres was fine but felt relieved nonetheless upon hearing the results of the X-rays.
“You’re always kind of anxiously waiting to see how he wakes up, how it reacted overnight,” Boone said. “Came in here and got some treatment, but we avoided some trouble there, obviously.”
Torres, who went 2-for-4 Saturday, has hits in 15 of his last 16 games and is 22-for-63 (.349) in that stretch.