OAKLAND, Calif. — Could the news get any worse for the Yankees on this trip?
As the Yankees were in the late innings of a 5-2 loss to the A’s Saturday afternoon, the organization’s top prospect, Gleyber Torres, playing with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, left the RailRiders’ game in Buffalo after suffering a hyper-extended left elbow on a play at the plate in the top of the fourth inning.
Torres, who started the game at second base, did not come out on defense in the bottom half of the fourth, replaced by Donovan Solano.
The 20-year-old Torres, 1-for-2 with a double in the game, was hitting .309 with Scranton since his promotion there last month.
There was no further word Saturday night on his prognosis, though the Yankees said X-rays taken on Torres’ elbow came back negative and that he would be evaluated Monday in Scranton.
Video from the game showed Torres diving in head-first and being tagged out on his left arm as he reached for the plate, immediately grabbing at his elbow.
“Looked like he was in serious pain on the field but seemed responsive to trainers’ tests in the dugout,” said one opposing team talent evaluator in attendance.
Going into Saturday Torres was slashing .304/.404/.443 with two homers, three doubles and a triple and 16 RBIs in 22 games with Scranton.
As was the case with Double-A Trenton, Torres is rotating between second, third and short. His rotation schedule with Scranton has been three straight games at third, three straight and short, and two in a row at second.
The righty-hitting prospect started slowly after his May 21 promotion to Scranton but, counting Saturday, was 15 for his last 39 (.385).
“He’s shown good plate discipline, not chasing,” said another opposing team scout, who has watched Torres recently with Scranton. “Driving the ball to both gaps. Recognizing breaking balls. Defense, for me, has been good at second and short.”
Torres, who spent time on the seven-day DL in April while with Trenton because of rotator cuff tendinitis, has been in the spotlight since the spring when he produced a .448/.469/.931 slash line in 19 games before being sent to minor-league camp.
Torres played 32 total games for Trenton and had a .296/.374/.580 slash line in 21 games after returning from the injury, hitting all five of his home runs and driving in 16 runs, enough for the Yankees to determine he was ready for the next step of his development.