Gleyber Torres did not start Sunday, beginning the game on the bench for only the second time since his April 22 call-up.
Aaron Boone said the rookie “banged up his knee” while diving for a ball Friday night but added that the day off had more to do with Sunday being a “day game after a night game.”
“He could have absolutely played and will be available today,” Boone said.
Torres entered the game as a defensive replacement for Neil Walker in the eighth inning. “I’m fine,” he said after the Yankees’ 3-1 victory over the Angels.
Boone said that if it had been a Sunday Night Baseball game, “it’s possible” he still would have rested Torres, but the tiebreaker, essentially, was the 1 p.m. start.
“I think the day game after a night game made it an obvious choice for me,” Boone said. “Checking in with him, he said he was good but didn’t balk either at the idea of getting a day today.”
Rough go for Stanton
Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, dropping him to 0-for-12 with seven strikeouts three games into this homestand.
“I think he struggled a little bit this weekend, no question, with his at-bats and timing-wise and probably not seeing the ball great,” Boone said. “As far as alarming, no, because obviously this first couple of months, he’s been in and out a little bit and trying to find that good rhythm where he goes on a long streak. We haven’t seen that yet but he’s also, as much as anyone, one swing away from changing the game. We know eventually he’ll take off.”
Didi Gregorius went 0-for-3 to extend his slide to 4-for-70, although he did walk and score a run.
“He’s too good a player, too good a hitter for it to go on too much longer,” Boone said.
The slump hasn’t extended to the field for Gregorius, who made a stellar sliding stop to his left and a laser throw to first for the final out of the game, preventing a hit by Martin Maldonado that would have driven in a run.