Yankees’ Gleyber Torres Returns to Bat After Brief Benching

Gleyber Torres Makes a Comeback

Gleyber Torres, baseball second baseman for the Yankees, made his anticipated return to the field last Friday. After a two-match pause for recalibration, the infielder found himself batting fifth in the lineup. His last appearance was on Tuesday, during a match against the Mets, where it was evident that Torres was struggling.

Torres’ Concerns

In that game, Torres failed to make a score, struck out twice and hobbled on a soft groundball, leading to his 12th error of the season. Following the tough game, the 27-year-old owned up to having a “bad” season so far, expressing his disappointment with his recent performance. Even Yankees’ manager, Aaron Boone shared similar sentiments, noting that Torres might need a break.

Admitting Errors and Planning Ahead

Torres, who is soon to become a free agent, had a batting average of just .215 with seven home runs and 29 RBIs before Friday. Speaking to reporters prior to his return, through YES Network, Torres said, “We had a really good conversation in Queens. He [Boone] proposed giving me a couple of days to reset myself.”

Torres used his bench time to work on his batting technique, aiming to improvise and fix a few things with his swing. With the return of Torres, the Yankees pinned their hopes on him to boost the team’s offensive productivity.

Continuing Challenges

Simultaneously, the Yankees are also dealing with concerns at both the corner infield positions. With the trade deadline approaching, the team would find a complete overhaul of their infield position costly and unrealistic. Instead, they’re hoping for Torres to bounce back into form.

Schmidt on the Road to Recovery

In related news, right-hander Clarke Schmidt is taking gradual steps towards recovery. Forced to rest due to a right lat strain since May, Schmidt began playing catch recently. Despite sustaining an injury, the 28-year-old maintained an impressive record in the season preceding his injury with a 2.52 ERA over 60.2 innings.

Slow Progress for Stanton

Meanwhile, Giancarlo Stanton’s return is not near, yet the designated hitter is slowly getting back on track. After being sidelined due to a hamstring strain since June, Stanton has resumed treadmill activities. Provided he keeps pace with his progress, he might have a chance to return and improve his already impressive score this season, marked by 18 home runs and 45 RBIs.

Looking Ahead

Though many players face struggles, the Yankees are hopeful. The anticipated return of Torres sparks hopes of an improved offensive line. Additionally, the gradual recovery of both Schmidt and Stanton brings a ray of positivity to the dugout.

Finally, the stakes for Torres are high – the team is eagerly waiting to see how he adjusts post his bench period. The Yankees, their fans, and the entire baseball community eagerly continue to watch the unfolding of this season. As the game time grows nearer, everyone’s sights are set on Gleyber Torres, illustrating the profound impact of just one player on an entire team.



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