Torres (hip) took groundballs prior to Thursday's tilt against Cleveland, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports. Torres is starting to ramp up his baseball activity as he nears a rehab assignment. He's expected to get some minor-league at-bats sometime during the All-Star break, and if all goes well, the 21-year-old second baseman could return for the Yankees' first series with the Mets after the break.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Monday that Torres (hip) could be ready to begin a minor-league rehab assignment during the upcoming All-Star break, Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News reports. "Maybe it's [July 18], maybe it's the day after," Boone said while speculating on a target date for Torres to begin the assignment. "Those are discussions that we'll have especially if it's on the shorter side of things and he's good to go." Torres is eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list Sunday, but with the break beginning a day later, the Yankees seem inclined to give the star rookie the extra time off to recover from the strained right hip. The 21-year-old hasn't experienced any reported setbacks since suffering the injury July 4, so he'll likely only require one or two games in the minors before being cleared to return to the big club. Once he's activated, Torres should settle back into an everyday role at second base, pushing Neil Walker and Brandon Drury to the bench more frequently.
Torres was put on the 10-day DL effective Thursday due to a right hip strain. Since the Yankees are effectively waiting to place Torres on the DL until Thursday, he will not be eligible to return until after the All-Star break. While he's out, Neil Walker will receive a majority of the starts at second base. Torres should be back to full health by the time the second half of the season starts since manager Aaron Boone classified this injury as mild, though the Yankees failed to comment on a timetable.
Torres left Wednesday's game with right hip tightness and is undergoing an MRI, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports. Torres was left out of the starting lineup Tuesday -- though he did come in as a defensive replacement -- and it was clear that he wasn't right during Wednesday's game. He struck out in both of his at-bats and didn't seem comfortable at the plate, so manager Aaron Boone decided to pull the plug and send him in for some tests. Expect an update on the severity of his injury following the MRI.
Torres (hip) will man second base and bat sixth against Atlanta on Wednesday. Torres was left out of Tuesday's starting lineup due to a stiff hip flexor, but he was able to join the contest as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning. With a scheduled day off Thursday, Torres will get some additional rest before heading into a 10-game stretch prior to the All-Star break.