Torres (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery Wednesday. Torres injured himself sliding headfirst into home plate in a Triple-A game last week. After a successful surgery, the Yankees' top prospect -- who was lining up to make his MLB debut later in the season -- will now look to heal up before spring training rolls around next year. He compiled a .309/.406/.457 slash in 96 plate appearances with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season after being promoted from Double-A Trenton in late May.
Torres suffered a hyperextended left elbow Saturday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and will undergo further evaluation Monday. X-rays were negative, but he could still end up hitting the minor-league DL with the injury. The expectation has been that Torres is on the fast track to replacing Chase Headley at the hot corner at some point this season, though a significant injury would likely change his short-term trajectory. The 20-year-old shortstop was hitting .304/.404/.443 with two home runs, two steals (on four attempts) and a 26:13 K:BB in 94 Triple-A plate appearances after abusing Double-A pitchers in a similar fashion earlier this season.
Torres was removed from Saturday's Triple-A contest in the third inning after apparently injuring himself while sliding into home, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. This could be an extremely tough blow for one of the Yankees' top prospects, who was just starting to turn it on since earning a promotion to Triple-A. Torres looked to be in some serious pain after appearing to injure his arm or shoulder while sliding headfirst into home. The severity of his injury isn't known at this point, but more should be known once he is further evaluated in the coming days.
Torres was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, MLB.com's Matt Kardos reports. The Yankees are promoting one of their top prospects amid a power surge. Torres clobbered four home runs over the last week and will now pack his bags and head to Triple-A. While it's still unlikely that Torres will crack the major league roster this season, the fact that he'll be exposed to a higher level of competition for the rest of the way will help his cause for next year.
Torres went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in a game Tuesday with Double-A Trenton. Torres has connected on homers in back-to-back games and has collected 12 extra-base hits in just 101 at-bats to bring his OPS up to .849 on the campaign. Despite missing some time in April with right shoulder inflammation, the 20-year-old hasn't seemed to experience any issues with getting dialed back in at the dish.