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Gleyber slips, stays in, exits with leg weakness

Boone says star infielder will be examined, likely OK
@BryanHoch
September 21, 2019

NEW YORK -- Gleyber Torres is the only remaining position player from the Yankees' Opening Day lineup to have avoided the injured list, and as the club prepares for its most important games of the season, his teammates are hoping that the standout infielder's good fortune will continue. Torres' legs

NEW YORK -- Gleyber Torres is the only remaining position player from the Yankees' Opening Day lineup to have avoided the injured list, and as the club prepares for its most important games of the season, his teammates are hoping that the standout infielder's good fortune will continue.

Torres' legs buckled underneath him as he fielded Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s fourth-inning infield hit in New York's 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. Torres remained in the game until the seventh inning, when he was removed after reporting what manager Aaron Boone described as "weakness in his lower legs."

"I think the turf gave out a little bit on him," Boone said. "Obviously, that's a hold-your-breath moment. I think he's going to be OK, but we want to make sure he gets examined properly."

Torres was not available for comment following the game. Boone said he intended to remove Torres immediately after the play, but the second baseman popped back up, telling Boone and head athletic trainer Steve Donohue that he was ready to continue. Torres flied out in the fourth inning and struck out in the sixth, finishing 0-for-3.

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"After his last at-bat, he said he felt a little weak, so we got him out of there," Boone said.

Boone said Torres would be evaluated by the Yankees' medical staff, but did not know if that would include an MRI. An All-Star in his first two Major League seasons, the 22-year-old Torres is batting .284/.343/.546 with a team-leading 38 homers. His 90 RBIs rank second on the club to DJ LeMahieu's 97.

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"Hopefully it's just precautionary," Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said. "Hopefully he's OK. We've obviously dealt with enough of that over the course of the season. He's one of the few guys that has lasted through everything."

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and Facebook.