BALTIMORE – A day later, Gleyber Torres still wasn’t sure exactly what it was that forced him to leave Sunday night’s game.
But most important from his and the Yankees’ perspective, he appears to have escaped a stint on the injured list, or even being forced to the bench.
“I feel really good,” Torres said. “I’m ready to play [Monday].”
Torres, who served as the DH on Monday night against the Orioles, a team he has bludgeoned all season, left Sunday's game after seven innings with what Aaron Boone called a “core issue.''
“I just felt something different in my body,” Torres said, pointing to his right rib-cage area. “I didn’t know what.”
Torres underwent tests at a Manhattan hospital, including ultrasound, all of which came back negative.
“All good,” he said. “I took a pill [for the pain] last night and I feel so much better right now.”
Torres entered Monday with a .465/.540/1.233 slash line, 10 homers, 13 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 12 games against Baltimore this season.
Gio Urshela, who banged foul balls off his right knee area and then his left shin during the same sixth-inning at-bat Sunday, was not in Monday’s lineup, though he said he could play if needed. Boone said his plan had been for the third baseman to have Monday off anyway, and the freak occurrence sealed the deal.
“It’s better than last night,” said Urshela, who had both areas that had been hit heavily wrapped. “I woke up this morning and started walking a little bit better. Just a little swelling, but it’s good.”
Urshela said he felt the “knee one” far more on Monday than the ball he took off the shin.
Gary Sanchez will catch for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday and Thursday in rehab games, then rejoin the Yankees on Friday in Toronto, Boone said.