A couple weeks ago, Yankees fans were hoping Gleyber Torres would be starting the season in the Bronx. Now they probably just hope he plays period.
New York's top prospect was placed on the seven-day disabled list Wednesday with mild right rotator cuff tendinitis. Manager Joe Girardi told MLB.com that he "probably won't be down that long."
Torres was a late scratch in Double-A Trenton's lineup Tuesday with a sore shoulder, one day after playing his first career game at third base. In 10 games this season, MLB.com's No. 2 overall prospect is 9-for-38 (.237) with two RBIs and five walks. Mostly playing short with a game each at second and third, Torres has not made an error this year.
At big league camp this spring, Torres hit .448 with nine extra-base hits and nine RBIs in 19 games before the 20-year-old was reassigned to the Eastern League on April 3.
The Cubs signed Torres out of Venezuela in July 2013 and he began his Minor League career a year later. After two-and-a-half seasons, the Yankees dealt veteran closer Aroldis Chapman for the right-handed hitter, Billy McKinney, Rashad Crawford and Adam Warren. Since then, Torres has worked his way to top prospect status.
Shortstop Abiatal Avelino was promoted from Class A Advanced Tampa to replace Torres.