Top prospect Gleyber Torres was not in the lineup for Triple-A Scranton on Tuesday due to mid-back stiffness. But manager Bobby Mitchell referred to Torres as day-to-day, according to reporters who cover the team.
Torres, 21, who has been starting at third, came out of Monday’s game in Gwinnett after five innings and two at-bats. He is hitting .366 in 11 games.
The Yankees would be able to promote Torres while gaining an extra year of team control starting as early as Wednesday. But they want to make sure he’s 100 ready for a promotion because he’s going to be playing everyday in the big leagues, and they want him to be productive.
“They don’t think it’s a big deal,” Aaron Boone said. “Kind of precautionary, getting him out of there a little bit. I don’t think he’s playing tonight, just being cautious with it. They’ll probably get him back in there tomorrow.
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“They don’t think it’s anything serious other than some tightness. they don’t think it’s a pull or anything. They’re optimistic that it’s just a day to day thing and hopefully back in there tomorrow.”
WORD ON BIRD
Greg Bird hit off a tee on Tuesday, the first time he’s swung since undergoing right-ankle surgery. Bird is now three weeks into his projected six-to-eight week timetable for a return from the disabled list.
“It was good,” Bird said.
Bird said he’s definitely still sore from his ankle swelling.
“There’s still things that I feel, but we’ve been running on the anti-gravity treadmill. So, I’m close to running like full body weight I guess, but I haven’t ran without some support yet. But it’s been going good.”
His next hurdle will be running outside, and he hopes to get close to get close to full baseball activity by next week.
“Give or take by the end of the week, I think I’ll be doing a lot more outside,” he said. “I’m thinking next week when the team leaves (for the road), I’ll probably go back down to Tampa.”
SONNY DAYS AHEAD?
Sonny Gray wants to become more athletic on the mound, which basically means less thinking and more throwing.
Gray said he made some adjustments when he came back from a 2016 elbow injury with Oakland that he needs to correct.
He’s pitched to a 6.92 ERA in his first three starts as a Yankee this year.
Gray said his changes are aimed at improving his command and getting ahead in the count.
“I think the goal is just to get back to simplifying everything from a windup standpoint, from a pitch selection standpoint, from a pitch location standpoint,” Gray said. “Just get out there, take the ball and just do rather than think.”
Brandon Drury (migraines, blurred vision) was slated to take light batting practice and grounders on Tuesday.
He said he knows he’ll feel better and ready to play when the pressure that builds up in his head and causes his blurred vision is gone.
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