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Yankees’ Gleyber Torres stays red-hot despite wrist issue

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Gleyber Torres tied his house run whole from final season on Sunday, in 82 fewer video games, even whereas coping with a current wrist issue. 

Torres crushed his ninth house run of the year within the second inning off Shane McClanahan, giving the Yankees a lead earlier than they fell to the Rays 4-2 at Tropicana Field. 

It was Torres’ second house run of the collection, and fourth previously week, despite getting therapy for a wrist issue. Torres has been carrying a wrap on the wrist earlier than and through video games after which an ice wrap after video games all through this four-game set, however he indicated on Friday it was not an issue. 

“He’s been getting some treatment for his wrist, but it hasn’t been something that’s really affected him much at all in the game,” supervisor Aaron Boone stated earlier than the sport. “Just something he’s treating and making sure he does maintenance work on it.” 

Gleyber Torres has been red-hot for the Yankees lately.
Gleyber Torres rounds the bases after his solo homer.
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Boone was not sure if something specifically brought about the wrist to flare up. 

“I think it’s just something that’s kind of creeped up on him,” Boone stated. 

Torres went 3-for-4 and added a pointy defensive play within the seventh inning, sliding to his proper and firing house to get a drive out on the plate. 

Torres’ ninth house run got here in his forty fifth sport of the season and 161st plate look. Last year, he had 9 homers in 127 video games and 516 plate appearances. In 2020, he solely hit three homers in 42 video games and 160 plate appearances. 

Despite being one of many Yankees’ hottest hitters within the first month of the season, Anthony Rizzo has gone equally chilly since. 

The first baseman went 0-for-4 Sunday, falling additional into the stoop he has been in for the previous month. 

In his first 20 video games of the season, Rizzo hit .284/.391/.703 with 9 house runs, 21 RBIs, 9 walks and 12 strikeouts. In 26 video games since getting into Sunday, he was hitting .165/.284/.308 with two house runs, seven RBIs, 14 walks and 20 strikeouts. 

Rizzo’s lone hit of the collection towards the Rays was an RBI double smoked to proper discipline on Thursday. 

“He’s gotten some big hits for us,” Boone stated. “But I think it’s that quality of contact. … It’s just that little tick where when he gets off his good swing or gets on time with a pitch, it’s just barely missing really clipping it. I think that’s one of the things that just happens with the ebb and flow of the season. He’s still getting on base a little bit. But I think it’s just shoring up when he gets his pitch and he’s on time, making sure he sticks it.” 

Catcher Rob Brantly, who was designated for task on Wednesday after being known as as much as fill in whereas Kyle Higashioka was on the COVID IL, elected free company on Friday as a substitute of accepting an outright task to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. But on Saturday, the Yankees re-signed him to a minor league contract and assigned him to SWB.