It is a throbbing secondary headache.
The good news for the Yankees, his first family in the books, is that Gary Sanchez has shown some signs of life, his biggest risk of playing out of season as he could be saved.
The bad news? Another winter risk – a minor one, it appeared at the time – left quite a sting.
Gleyber Torres ’10-inning pitching error didn’t lead directly to the 4-3 loss to the Yankees in the Orioles Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, whose game ended in Box 11. Yet the second official shortstop error of the year, on top of a couple of other memorable unofficial failures, highlighted the first loss of the Yankees in Oriol at home since May 15, 2019, finishing a streak of 12 straight wins over these guys in the Bronx.
And he intensified the scrutiny over the fourth-year player, who has come into the big leagues as a second-round pick and struggled to get past Didi Gregorius ’successor at shortstop even though he played here as a is a tot in Venezuela. If it’s obviously too early to ask for a change in the crucial position, it’s too late to note the problem here.
“He has all the skills to go out and do it,” manager Aaron Boone said of Torres after the game. “When he makes a high-profile mix, he has to work harder.” … He has all the equipment to work through this, through the bumps, and, he has the confidence to know that he has the equipment to go through. ”
Even Boone obviously isn’t opposed to turning on behalf of a player (he opined before the game that Baltimore’s Ryan Mountcastle should be called up in a ninth inning game Tuesday that Torres took too long to execute, giving Mountcastle a single field), did not offer any alibi for the Torres game change relay.
Chad Green had recorded two outs, allowing extra-innings runner Anthony Santander to advance only from second to third, when O Pedro Severino striker knocked Torres off an easy ground. With plenty of time to get the Severino on slow feet, Torres unleashed an absolutely terrible throw that inexperienced first basman Jay Bruce couldn’t corral, allowing Santander to cruise home. Those left by the announced crowd of 10,254 let Torres have it with an armful of boos.
“He made a really hard shot for Jay,” Boone said. “We need to be more targeted.”
Kyle Higashioka provided his teammate with a temporary recovery when he picked home runner Pyler Wade from second in the bottom of the inning. However, when Green served a single-pointer, advancing to catch batter Chance Sisco in the 11th, marking Rio Ruiz from third base, the spotlight turned on Torres.
He was standing on the bridge at the bottom of the inning while Santander took DJ LeMahieu’s line to the right field and inflicted a Gio Urshela tag on the house, leaving Urshela bewildered and Yankees fans hoping that the ‘debatable income did not cause an injury. Boone said Urshela was fine, that she had “disgraced her neck,” and it seems like a good time to talk about Aaron Judge, injured, not being available and is in doubt for Friday. because of the pain on his left side.
Sanchez had a strong night, contributing to a walk, single and double, and managing his duties behind the plate without controversy. He returned to Florida with a .278 / .350 / .667 slash line.
Torres contributed a unique path to raising his line to .250 / .333 / .292, well below what is expected of him. His brand, after all, calls for him to overcome his mistakes with the glove.
For now, there is little for the Yankees to do other than support their youngest player and hope their faith pays dividends. That even if he will never be Ozzie Smith out, he will cut a lot on the mental mistakes. They made their bed with him in the premium place.
It’s a headache, for now. Not incurable, for sure. One, though, that the Yankees hoped to avoid before playing a road game.