TAMPA, Fla. — It already was a long shot for top prospect Gleyber Torres to make the Yankees’ Opening Day roster. A slow spring training for the 21-year-old and the acquisitions of Brandon Drury and Neil Walker make it all but certain that Torres will begin the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Torres, who missed most of last season after having Tommy John surgery on his left (non-throwing) elbow, is batting .130 in 23 spring training at-bats. “I feel good,” he said. “If this guy [Walker] helps the team, I think it’s good. I’m happy for us.’’
Manager Aaron Boone said he is looking at more than Torres’ spring training batting average. “I came in here obviously never really having seen him play in person,” he said. “Obviously, he’s as highly touted as just about anyone. That’s only been confirmed in my eyes and maybe even taken to another level. There’s no question to me the kind of player he is and is going to be.’’
To make room on the 40-man roster for Walker, who was signed Monday, the Yankees designated outfielder Jake Cave for reassignment. Non-roster infielder Danny Espinosa was released.
Surgery for Mr. October
Reggie Jackson will undergo right knee surgery on Tuesday after a fall while taking a morning walk on Monday, the Yankees announced. Jackson, 71, is a Yankees special adviser.
Masahiro Tanaka allowed two runs in four innings and struck out six in the Yankees’ 2-1 loss to the Twins. Tyler Austin hit his third home run . . . YES broadcaster Ken Singleton announced he will retire after this season . . . Boone said Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) is improving but might not have enough time to be ready by the March 29 opener. “We’re probably getting into that range where we’re butting up against it,” he said . . . Mark Teixeira, Alfonso Soriano and Willie Randolph were among the former Yankees on hand as guest instructors.