NEW YORK -- After proving to be a spark at the bottom of the Yankees' lineup in his first 30 big league games, Gleyber Torres is getting some recognition from his manager for his hot start.
In the Yankees' series opener against the Astros, Aaron Boone moved Torres up to the fifth spot in the order. With Giancarlo Stanton getting a day off and Didi Gregorius moving to seventh to "take pressure" off the slumping shortstop, Boone thought that Monday's game was a good chance to slide Torres into the heart of the order.
Although the 21-year-old second baseman had yet to hit higher than the seventh spot since his callup to the Majors, Boone does not see this move as something that will add pressure for Torres.
"No, I don't worry about Gleyber in that regard," Boone said. "Gleyber's going to play. And he's in such a good place, both sides of the ball, that no, I think wherever he is, I'm confident he will go up there and try and have a good at-bat."
Boone said that he wants to see how Torres performs in Monday's game before determining whether this switch could become permanent. The second baseman has slashed .320/.384/.620 since joining the team, helping the Yankees to go 22-7 in his first 30 games, including a suspended game against the Nationals on May 15.
"The lineup is a bit of a puzzle, putting it together as far as trying to balance out left- and right-handers, switch-hitters and things like that," Boone said. "How guys are swinging, who we're going up against, all those go into that. We'll just have to see."
Stanton's struggles at home
After an 0-for-12 performance against the Angels over the weekend, Stanton's batting average at home dropped to .202, which is 100 points lower than his average on the road. Despite Stanton's continued struggles on his home turf, Boone said he has no concerns about the slugger.
"There's always the adjustment phase," Boone said. "While he goes through that -- I know he's had some ups and downs, obviously, already -- he's also been wildly productive for a guy who's had his ups and downs so far."
Stanton is slashing .202/.285/.404 at home while hitting .302/.371/.570 on the road. However, Stanton has hit six of his 11 home runs with 15 RBIs this season in the Bronx.
"I think over time he'll continue to work at it and continue to get more and more comfortable, and there will be that period where, eventually, I'm confident he'll really take off," Boone said. "Hopefully that's coming soon."
Warren makes first rehab start
Adam Warren made his first appearance of his rehab assignment on Saturday, starting for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but he was unable to make it through one frame. The right-hander allowed four runs on one hit with two walks and two hit batters through just two-thirds of an inning.
"Not great, result-wise," Boone said. "Walked a couple of guys, hit a couple of guys. Stuff-wise, he was OK. Came out of it feeling fine."
Warren was placed on the 10-day disabled list on April 21, with a right back strain. Although Saturday's outing could raise concern about Warren's injury, Boone said that there were no physical complaints that came back in the report.
"The day after, he was feeling OK, the general day-after soreness," Boone said. "No giant red flags, physically speaking. That's good. We'll just see, continue to try and build him up, hopefully get better results next time out. But nothing too alarming. When we first saw it, we're like, 'Ooh, what happened?' Physically, he checked out fine. It was just one of those days, getting back into competition."
This date in Yankees history
May 28, 2011: After a single to lead off the third inning, Derek Jeter stole second base off Felix Hernandez for his 327th career stolen base, passing Rickey Henderson (326) for the most in franchise history.