NEW YORK -- Gleyber Torres' early success in the big leagues has placed him alongside a legend, as he is now listed as the youngest Yankee to tally a nine-game hitting streak since Mickey Mantle in 1952.But manager Aaron Boone has no plans to elevate the hot-hitting rookie in the
NEW YORK -- Gleyber Torres' early success in the big leagues has placed him alongside a legend, as he is now listed as the youngest Yankee to tally a nine-game hitting streak since Mickey Mantle in 1952.
But manager Aaron Boone has no plans to elevate the hot-hitting rookie in the batting order.
"There's always that chance I could move him up, but right now I like him so much in that nine-hole," Boone said. "He becomes like another leadoff hitter down there in a way and gives us such a presence at the bottom of the order. Especially when you have Aaron [Judge] hitting second, it allows for traffic as much as he's been getting on base."
The 21-year-old Torres homered in Friday's 10-5 loss to the Athletics, making him the youngest Yankee to enjoy a hitting streak of nine or more games since Mantle (at 20 years, 257 days) had a 10-game run against the St. Louis Browns, Philadelphia Athletics, Washington Senators and Red Sox from June 24 to July 3, 1952.
"I try to learn every day, get more experience every day, everything," said Torres, who saw his streak come to an end with an 0-for-5 performance in Saturday's 7-6 walk-off win in 11 innings. "I try to be simple and stay humble, and try to learn every day."
Torres is also the youngest Yankee to hit three homers in his first 19 games and the second-youngest Yankee to tally 22 hits in his first 19 games, behind Mantle, who had 23 hits in his first 19 games in 1951.
The Yankees are a Major League-best 16-3 since Torres was called up on April 22, with Torres starting every game.
"Right now, the way the lineup sets up, there's no immediate plans to move him up -- but I'm always kicking around stuff that could happen," said Boone, who considered batting Torres near the top of the lineup on Thursday against Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, with outfielder Aaron Hicks getting a day off.
Staying the course
Didi Gregorius entered play on Saturday with a career-long 28-at-bat hitless streak, representing a reversal of fortune for April's American League Player of the Month. Boone does not believe there are any physical issues with Gregorius, and he is not considering moving Gregorius out of his No. 3 spot in the batting order.
"Not at this point. I like where he is there," Boone said. "We've done OK even with him going through this little funk this last week. With Didi, even the last couple of days, he smoked two balls [on Friday] -- one off the pitcher, one to straightaway center. I thought he had a couple of good at-bats the day before where he hit the ball pretty well. It's a matter of time for me with Didi."
Infielder Brandon Drury hit a grand slam for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Rochester on Friday evening, doing so while wearing yellow-tinted glasses, at his request. Boone said that Drury is continuing to search for the right formula to manage his ongoing migraines and blurred vision.
"Hopefully, it's something that aids him or can help him along," Boone said. "The things that he's doing treatment-wise are hopefully more of a long-term solution. Hopefully, it's something that he can get comfortable with."
Drury has played in 16 rehab games, batting .320/.444/.480 with two homers and seven RBIs. His 20-day rehab clock expires on Tuesday, at which time the Yankees will have to decide whether they will activate him.
If it is determined that Drury is not ready, either due to a new injury or a recurrence of the original injury, Drury can be shut down for five days and begin another rehab assignment.
Tommy Kahnle (tendinitis in right shoulder) and Adam Warren (strained back) are scheduled to travel to Tampa, Fla., on Sunday for the next stages in their recovery. Kahnle has been throwing off a mound, and Warren is scheduled to do so on Monday. Kahnle could rejoin the Yankees in time for their May 21-23 series at Texas, Boone said.
Justus Sheffield, the Yankees' top-ranked pitching prospect, was removed in the fourth inning of Friday's start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after experiencing stiffness in his shoulder, and he was placed on the seven-day disabled list on Saturday.
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.