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'Toe' putting best foot forward with Castro out

Torreyes tallies 4 more hits; Yanks excited for depth when infielder returns
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DETROIT -- The Yankees are patiently awaiting the return of everyday second baseman Starlin Castro, who was batting .307 with 12 home runs before a hamstring injury landed him on the DL in late July. But Ronald Torreyes is making it difficult for manager Joe Girardi to take him out of the everyday lineup.

Torreyes (aka "Toe" for Players Weekend), who went 4-for-4 in Wednesday's 10-2 win over the Tigers, is batting .329 in August and has seen his average jump 14 points in the past 10 days.

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DETROIT -- The Yankees are patiently awaiting the return of everyday second baseman Starlin Castro, who was batting .307 with 12 home runs before a hamstring injury landed him on the DL in late July. But Ronald Torreyes is making it difficult for manager Joe Girardi to take him out of the everyday lineup.

Torreyes (aka "Toe" for Players Weekend), who went 4-for-4 in Wednesday's 10-2 win over the Tigers, is batting .329 in August and has seen his average jump 14 points in the past 10 days.

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Wednesday's four-hit game tied a career high for Torreyes, a feat he also accomplished on April 22 at Pittsburgh. Girardi has taken note of Torreyes' aggressive approach at the plate in the last few weeks.

"Obviously 'Toe' has been a little aggressive," Girardi said. "It's worked for him."

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Torreyes said that approach is nothing new for him; he has just been swinging the bat well lately.

"I want to be aggressive, but at the same time, I want to swing at good pitches," Torreyes said through a translator. "Because the idea is to get on base and try to score some runs."

While there is no set timetable for Castro's return, the Yankees expect him to be back with the club in the near future. Torreyes will return to being a utility man, a role that has him perfectly content.

"I'm going to feel happy. Going to be really happy to have him back, because he's a big part of our team," Torreyes said of Castro's looming return. "I'll slide back into the utility role and I'm going to be playing all the positions. Wherever they need me, that's where I'm going to be playing."

Torreyes' recent production has Girardi excited about the added depth with Castro's return and the impending September callups. It will especially come in handy with the current stretch the Yankees are in, playing 16 games in 16 days.

"I think what it does with these long stretches, it allows to keep guys fresher," Girardi said. "And I think that's going to be important in the month of September because you have experience, you have guys that are playing well."

Kyle Beery is a contributor for MLB.com based in Detroit who covered the Yankees on Wednesday.

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