ST. PETERSBURG -- Hours after the Yankees received good news concerning Aaron Hicks, as an MRI performed on the outfielder's tight left hamstring revealed no strain, manager Aaron Boone had another injury-related call to make with rookie infielder Gleyber Torres.Torres was in the Yankees' original lineup for Tuesday's game against
ST. PETERSBURG -- Hours after the Yankees received good news concerning Aaron Hicks, as an MRI performed on the outfielder's tight left hamstring revealed no strain, manager Aaron Boone had another injury-related call to make with rookie infielder Gleyber Torres.
Torres was in the Yankees' original lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays at Tropicana Field, but Boone scratched him due to tightness in his left hip and groin. The discomfort is believed to have been minimal, as Torres indicated that he could have played.
"I was planning on giving him a day off one of these days, especially on the turf," Boone said. "I just decided, talking it through [with Torres], 'Let's do it tonight and go with you the next two days.' I thought it was the smart thing to do. He'll be available. I don't think it's a big deal. He certainly felt like he could have played, but I think it's the right thing to do."
Torres said he did not see the original lineup and that the scratch had nothing to do with his right foot, which was hit by a pitch in Monday's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay. Torres indicated that he would not take batting practice on Tuesday, but could enter the game if needed.
"If I get an opportunity to help my team, I'll be ready," Torres said.
Hicks was removed from Monday's game in the fourth inning with hamstring tightness, which he said he had been managing for about three days.
"There was no grade strain or anything in there, which is good news," Boone said. "He's still a little bit tight in there, so it's kind of a day-to-day thing. I would expect him to certainly be down [Tuesday] and perhaps a couple days we'll stay away from him, but we do feel like we dodged a bullet and feel like he'll definitely be back."
Didi Gregorius (torn cartilage in right wrist) was back in the field on Tuesday, taking ground balls, though the shortstop has not resumed throwing. Gregorius said he senses improvement in the wrist after receiving a cortisone injection on Sunday.
"I was better than yesterday when I got up this morning, so that's a good sign," Gregorius said. "I hope they let me get in as soon as possible."
Gregorius is scheduled to be re-evaluated on Wednesday, said Boone, who is concerned more about Gregorius' hitting than his throwing.
"I think [Wednesday] is a big day," Boone said. "It's been exciting to hear that he seems like he's improving every day and you see the optimism with Didi, but I think [Wednesday] he'll see the doctor and then he can get a bat in his hand and really test it out. Then we'll really start to get an idea. Hopefully that goes well and it moves thereafter, but until that happens I think we're all kind of speculating a little bit."
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