Is Gleyber Torres playing today? Latest Injury Update for Yankees vs. Guardians

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After Gleyber Torres was pulled early from Tuesday night's resounding win with what Aaron Boone called "groin tightness," Yankee fans went into Wednesday with a sense that the second baseman would probably be getting a promised off day.

Turns out, we might've been focused on the wrong injury concern.

Torres was spotted receiving treatment late into the night, but when Wednesday rolled around, he reported significant progress, revealing that it was more "tightness in his hip flexor" rather than pain of any kind.

The Yankees' early-season star was being more cautious than anything, and still received a day to rest in Wednesday's matinee (though presumably he'll be available to pinch hit). No tests are scheduled, and he reported no pain on Wednesday.

Unfortunately, Torres wasn't the only starter missing from Wednesday's lineup.

Yankees Lineup vs Guardians, April 12: No Gleyber Torres, DJ LeMahieu

Franchy Cordero, this is your show now, kid. Make us proud.

One day after receiving an off day to help clear his mind, rookie Anthony Volpe finds himself playing shortstop and leading off. He'll be feeding double play balls to Oswaldo Cabrera at second, who looked quite nimble in the ninth inning yesterday filling in for Torres at the position.

Right now, we'll cross our fingers, hold our breath and wait on LeMahieu, who rested for the opening game of this set, then delivered two hits and a walk in five plate appearances in Tuesday's dominant win. He's dealing with quad tightness, per Aaron Boone, and remains day-to-day. Day game after a night game feels like a prime opportunity to get him off his feet.

Yankees Pitching Probables for Wednesday, April 12 vs Guardians

Maybe the Yankees don't win with Clarke Schmidt and Domingo Germán on the mound because they also send out their wildest lineups behind those two pitchers? The banged-up Yanks could use some length from Schmidt on Wednesday, but at the very least, only Albert Abreu/Ian Hamilton/Colten Brewer have appeared in this series out of the bullpen, thanks to Gerrit Cole providing length on Tuesday.

If Schmidt can get the ball to Ron Marinaccio/Wandy Peralta/Michael King/Clay Holmes, the Bombers have a chance.

He'll be opposed by Aaron Civale's injury fill-in Peyton Battenfield, a 25-year-old right-hander originally drafted by the Astros who made his way to the Guardians (from the Rays) in the 2021 Jordan Luplow trade. He was recalled last summer, but didn't make an appearance before being demoted; Wednesday will be his MLB debut and his long-awaited opportunity to shake off the "Phantom Player" designation.