ST. PETERSBURG -- Gleyber Torres returned to New York's lineup on Wednesday after being activated from the 10-day disabled list. He had been sidelined since July 4 with a strained right hip.The Yankees' rookie sensation said he was "super excited" to be back on the field with his teammates, adding
ST. PETERSBURG -- Gleyber Torres returned to New York's lineup on Wednesday after being activated from the 10-day disabled list. He had been sidelined since July 4 with a strained right hip.
The Yankees' rookie sensation said he was "super excited" to be back on the field with his teammates, adding that the last time he felt any pain was approximately two weeks ago.
"Sometimes, I felt bad because I wanted to help my team," Torres said of his time trying to heal. "I just need to focus when I come back to try and help the team."
• Torres went from trade chip to All-Star in just two years
Torres had been batting .294/.350/.555 with 15 home runs prior to getting hurt. New York went a stellar 45-18 with him in the lineup. In Wednesday afternoon's 3-2 loss, he went 0-for-3 and scored a run on Neil Walker's sacrifice fly.
In a corresponding roster move, the Yankees optioned Tyler Wade to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. For the year, Wade was hitting just .185/.228/.315 with five extra-base hits in 23 games.
Torres added that prior to being placed on the disabled list, he had been feeling pain in his hip, but he elected to play through it. When it would not subside, he reported the injury to trainers.
"I played a couple games fine to make sure I didn't feel anything and that everything was all right," Torres said.
Outfielder Aaron Hicks was out of the starting lineup on Wednesday, but he replaced Walker at designated hitter in the seventh inning and went 0-for-2.
Hicks said that he is feeling better after hurting himself on a slide during Monday's loss to the Rays. He woke up with left shoulder pain on Tuesday, but after taking batting practice that afternoon, he knew it was nothing serious.
Yankees infielder Brandon Drury was feeling better from his bruised left hand, according to manager Aaron Boone. He is not expected to go on the disabled list.
After being hit with a breaking ball in Tuesday's win over Tampa Bay, Drury had X-rays on his hand, and they came back negative.
"It's kind of a day-to-day situation and an emergency situation today," Boone said. "I think he's available. It doesn't look like a DL thing, so that's good. He felt better today."
Greg Zeck is a contributor to MLB.com.