Gleyber Torres arrived in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Friday, settling in to watch the second game of the Yankees’ doubleheader with a room service order of grilled salmon and Caesar salad. Now the infielder is hoping to feast in one of his favorite ballparks.
The Yankees made it a “Gleyber Day” weekend, reinstating Torres from the injured list prior to Saturday’s 6-1 loss to the Orioles. Torres had been on the IL since Aug. 20, when he sustained strains to his left hamstring and quadriceps while legging out a ground ball at Yankee Stadium.
Torres walked and doubled in his first two at-bats on Saturday, finishing 1-for-3. He said that he felt healthy, having prepared by taking numerous at-bats at the club’s alternate training site in Moosic, Pa., and hopes to help the Yanks reverse their recent slide.
“The situation we are in for the team right now, we’re losing too many games,” Torres said. “It's tough, but we have really good guys in the lineup every day. We're having a bad moment right now, but tomorrow is another day.”
Torres crushed Orioles pitching last season, batting .394/.467/1.045 with 13 home runs and 20 RBIs in 18 games, including an otherworldly .400/.500/1.167 slash line with seven homers and 10 RBIs in nine games at Camden Yards.
The 23-year-old has struggled to recapture that same magic in 2020; Saturday’s performance raised his season batting average to .235. Manager Aaron Boone plans to rest Torres in Sunday’s finale at Baltimore, then return Torres to regular duties at shortstop.
“We'll be smart about it, but we feel like he's in a pretty good place to let him go,” Boone said.
Aaron Judge has had a “couple of good days” as he increases on-field activity at Yankee Stadium following an Aug. 26 recurrence of his right calf strain, according to Boone. Judge is scheduled to do more beginning Monday, and Boone has expressed confidence that Judge will return in time for the postseason.
“I think Monday we'll start the real progression as far as a lot of baseball activities and get more aggressive with some of the running in the buildup,” Boone said. “He's doing well and Monday will be a day when hopefully we start to ramp him up a little bit.”
Giancarlo Stanton is also continuing to rehab following a left hamstring strain sustained on Aug. 8. Boone said that Stanton has been running the bases at half speed and overall is running at about 80 percent.
“He's been actually doing a lot of baseball activities, as far as the hitting off the high-velocity machine and throwing,” Boone said. “He's possibly a little ahead of Judge.”
Going for the gold
For the fifth consecutive year, MLB and its clubs raised awareness for childhood cancer during all games on Saturday for a special league-wide day in home ballparks. MLB’s “Childhood Cancer Awareness Day,” held during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in collaboration with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), combined a visual and ceremonial demonstration of support for the cause with outreach to local hospitals treating young patients in their communities. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States and Canada.
The Yankees joined all on-field personnel, including players, coaches and umpires around baseball in wearing gold ribbon decals and wristbands during Saturday's game against the Orioles. Clubs also featured ceremonial activities in ballparks. Club activities included pregame ceremonies, cardboard cutouts of pediatric patients in stands at ballparks, virtual patient first pitches, virtual player hospital visits and more.
Childhood cancer awareness efforts in previous seasons have included special pediatric cancer awareness batting-practice T-shirts, online campaigns to empower fans to hold fundraisers for pediatric cancer research and donations to local children’s hospitals. MLB and its clubs have supported the fight against cancer through a variety of initiatives for many years. As Stand Up To Cancer’s founding donor, Major League Baseball has pledged more than $50 million to SU2C’s collaborative cancer research programs, providing invaluable support. Launched in 2013, the work of the Stand Up To Cancer/St. Baldrick’s Foundation Pediatric Cancer Dream Team has helped to develop new immunotherapy approaches and contributed to the development of two new treatments for difficult-to-treat pediatric leukemias that have been approved by the FDA. MLB has recognized SU2C at its jewel events since the '09 World Series.
The Yankees returned right-hander Deivi García to their alternate training site following Friday’s doubleheader. Boone said that he expects García to return and start against the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Additionally, the club has released right-hander Adonis Rosa from the alternate site.
This date in Yankees history
Sept. 5, 2007: Bob Sheppard worked what would be his final game as the Yankees’ public address announcer, a 10-2 victory over the Mariners. Alex Rodriguez homered twice in an eight-run seventh inning, marking the first two-homer inning by a Yankee since Cliff Johnson in June 1977.