Gleyber Torres and his right hip strain that placed him on the 10-day disabled list is not a major concern for the Yankees. Of course they want this potential rookie of the year back in the lineup as soon as possible but with so much depth at hand this won’t hurt the Yankees.
The hope is Gleyber will return before the All-star break. The Yankees are taking precautions with this injury and of course any talk about Torres being part of a move to trade for pitching help and before the non-waiver deadline is not going to happen, and certainly not in a package deal with the cross-town Mets for Jacob deGrom.
But Torres is an integral part of the Yankees success the first half of a season that has them neck-and-neck with the Boston Red Sox for the division lead. And after the Yankees 6-2 win over the Braves on Independence Day in the Bronx, and with another Boston win, the Yankees remain a game behind the Red Sox.
So with an off day Thursday, and this 11-game three city trip that takes them to the All-Star break, they will do without their rookie infielder who had an outside chance of making the AL All-Star roster as a reserve.
Rule that out now, as the young infielder will begin the road to recovery. An injury according to manager Aaron Boone that is not an issue and going on the DL was a precautionary measure after an MRI revealed there was a strain.
We’re hoping it’s a short stint,” Boone said. “Probably take us up to the All-Star break. Anytime you’re talking about groin, hamstring, quads, once you have a strain in there and you push through it you could make it a worse thing and now you’re talking weeks and months and stuff like that.”
As Boone said, this was the right move.
And the Yankees don’t want to make this another Yoenis Cespedes situation across town with that continuing injury saga. Then again, comparing injury issues with the Yankees and Mets is akin to determining who is making decisions now in the Mets front office.
In the meantime, the Yankees will manage with the depth of their roster and within their organization. And there is no denying the fact, the Yankees are deep at every position with exception of course trying to fill in the pieces of a second half and finding the proper arms for the back end of a pitching rotation.
Though there is depth, and pending how long Gleyber will recover, there is no denying the fact that Neil Walker, Brandon Drury or recalling Tyler Wade will make up for the loss of the offense that has been provided by the rookie.
“Gleyber wants to take a couple of days and work through it,” Boone said.
And take into consideration this is a rookie who wants to be in the lineup everyday so Torres did what was best for him. In the long run, he did what was best for the team,
Will his absence hurt the Yankees and minimize their ability to score runs eschewing the home run ball, and especially at the bottom of the lineup where the Yankees have been very productive? Probably not, because it has been determined this Yankees scoring machine, is so deep from the top to the bottom of the lineup.
“We need him.”Greg Bird said. “He’s obviously shown what he can do, in big situations too,” Wednesday afternoon, even without Torres having an impact, the Yankees hit three more home runs. Giancarlo Stanton is on his streak, Kyle Higashioka has joined the parade with his three hits all via the home run, and of course Aaron Judge won’t quit hitting the ball out of the park.
So this is not a predicament for the Yankees. They will manage for a few weeks without their rookie sensation.
Unlike the Mets and a majority of the other 28 teams in baseball, the Yankees have depth to fill the void. If anything the injury to Torres could change a plan for GM Brian Cashman to include Walker, Wade, or another of their infield depth in a possible trade and package for that coveted starting pitcher.
They say baseball is a long season and injuries are part of the game. But this one for sure will not hinder or hurt the Yankees as they embark on this final road trip before the All-Star break.
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