TAMPA, Fla. — The usually sure-handed Ronald Torreyes played Sunday with hands of stone.
Torreyes started at third base and committed three of the Yankees’ five errors in a 10-2 loss to the Braves. He misplayed back-to-back grounders by Sean Kazmar and Ronald Acuna to start the sixth inning.
Torreyes, who came out of nowhere to win a reserve role a year ago and stuck with the club all season because of his consistent play at third, second, shortstop and even in the outfield, had zero errors entering Sunday. Starlin Castro, who committed one error and could have been charged with two, said Torreyes was visibly upset afterward.
“I’ll talk to him,” Joe Girardi said. “Toe’s been as sure-handed as anyone we’ve got, so when I saw that happen, I was like, ‘It’s just one of those days.’ ”
The Yankees have committed 26 errors in 17 games. Girardi isn’t making too much of it, especially given his club’s overall solid play.
“We had five today, and if you take that away, it’s not too bad,” said Girardi, whose team is an MLB-best 13-4. “It was just a bad day today. As good as we’ve been, we were on the other side of that today.”
There were no surprises in the Yankees’ first round of cuts, announced after Sunday’s game. Those reassigned to minor- league camp: lefthanders Justus Sheffield, Daniel Camarena, Joe Mantiply, James Reeves and Evan Rutckyj, righthanders J.P. Feyereisen, Brady Lail and Nick Rumbelow and catchers Kellin Deglan, Francisco Diaz and Jorge Saez.
Sheffield was one of four prospects acquired in the Andrew Miller deal with the Indians, and for many scouts, he — not outfielder Clint Frazier — was the centerpiece of the trade. Sheffield, 20, allowed one run in 3 2⁄3 innings in two appearances, striking out four and walking two.
“Really like what we see,” Girardi said. “Really good movement on fastball, changeup is good, slider at times is really, really good. Pretty exciting prospect.”