The Yankees have released details about Gleyber Torres’ injury.
Man oh man, what is it with bad pitchers going up and in on Yankees players? Remember Royals starter Jakob Junis breaking Aaron Judge’s wrist? Well we almost had a version of that on Thursday night with Gleyber Torres.
Orioles starter John Means threw an inside fastball to the young slugger, who initially turned on it, but came to a screeching halt as it quickly rocketed toward him. When he stopped his swing, his back elbow was exposed and a 90 MPH fastball drilled him.
He went off to the side in pain and got examined by the team’s medical staff. Though he remained in the game, he popped out in his next at-bat and was removed in favor of Tyler Wade in the fourth inning.
Fans have been nervous for the past few ours given his mysterious status, but now we know what’s going on, per the team.
Ok! We’ll take it. The injury bug won’t go away, but at least it’s not being merciless. Torres can take a day or two off and this will be all good.
But we can’t deny the scare, especially given how the last two years have played out. The 2020 season didn’t exactly get off to a hot start either with Masahiro Tanaka suffering a head injury and Aroldis Chapman testing positive for COVID-19.
The Yankees would’ve also been missing a good portion of the squad if the year started on time. Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, Giancarlo Stanton, James Paxton and others wouldn’t have been ready to go.
This is a big year for Gleyber as he’ll be making the extended full-time transition to shortstop, so he needs to be on the field as much as possible to work on his defense and prove that’s where he can play for the next decade.
He was an All-Star in 2018 and 2019 and picked up the Yankees during both of those injury-filled campaigns. Losing him would be the gut punch of all gut punches, so fans have to be thrilled with this update.