The Yankees enjoyed some offensive fireworks, but Gleyber Torres’ injury put a damper on their holiday.
The rookie second baseman left Wednesday’s 6-2 win over Atlanta after the fourth inning, and the Yankees announced that he has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right hip strain. Aaron Boone said an MRI revealed a “mild strain,” and although he hopes Torres will not miss much time, he added, “It’ll probably take us up to the All-Star break.”
Torres, who has emerged as a front-runner for American League Rookie of the Year honors and is hitting .294 with 15 home runs in 63 games, was not available for comment.
Said Boone, “Any time you’re talking about a groin, hamstring, quads, once you have a strain in there, if you push through, you can make it a worse strain. Then you’re talking weeks and months, so I think the wise thing is to do this now.”
Boone said that in Torres’ absence, Neil Walker will get “the bulk of the work at second” and that Brandon Drury could play the position on an emergency basis. Drury played second in 114 games with Arizona last season but has not appeared there since joining the Yankees.
“Probably at this point, it would be emergency only,’’ Boone said, “but he might start at least getting some work in over there just to cover us.”
The team did not announce a corresponding roster move.
The news came as a surprise, given that Boone said before Wednesday’s game that he was not concerned about Torres’ hip. Torres was held out of the starting lineup Tuesday with hip tightness but entered the game as a defensive replacement.
“I was really excited with how he came in [Tuesday],” Boone said Wednesday morning. “I knew it tightened up on him the night before, but when I got to the ballpark [Tuesday] and talked with [trainer Steve Donohue] and Gleyber . . . I didn’t hesitate to put him in.”
Torres struck out in both of his plate appearances Wednesday. Walker moved from third to second to take his place and was replaced by Drury at third.
Boone said he was unsure when Torres hurt himself but speculated that he might have suffered the initial injury while running the bases earlier in the week.
“He actually had some really good baserunning plays a couple of nights ago when he moved up on some wild pitches,” Boone said. “That might have been where it started. I’m not positive on that.”
Boone thought Torres might have felt it again after his second at-bat Wednesday. “I saw him after a swing kind of stretch a little bit,” he said.