Torres is hitting .278 with three home runs and a pair of doubles through 38 at-bats in Grapefruit League play this spring. The young infielder emerged as a potent offensive contributor during his rookie season last year when he logged an .820 OPS and launched 24 homers over 484 at-bats and he looks set to pick up where he left off with a robust .899 OPS during spring training. At just 22 years old, he's also an intriguing candidate to take a step forward at the plate as he accumulates more experience at the big-league level.
Torres went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in an 8-5 win over the Red Sox on Saturday. Torres' fourth-inning shot off Eduardo Rodriguez not only lifted the Yankees to a three-run lead, it broke the single-season home-run record of 264 previously held by the 1997 Seattle Mariners. Torres is hitting .274 with 24 home runs and 77 RBI this season.
Torres (hip, groin) will bat seventh and start at second base against the Rays on Thursday, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Torres was withheld from the starting lineup the past two games due to hip and groin tightness, though he was able to enter Wednesday's contest as a defensive replacement. Since the start of September, he's slashed .243/.310/.365 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 22 games.
Torres (hip, groin) remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rays, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports. Torres was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with hip and groin tightness. The injury was reported as minor, but it will cost him at least a pair of starts. Neil Walker will again get the call at second base.
Torres is not starting Tuesday after being hit in the foot in Monday's game, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Neil Walker will start at second base in his absence. Torres expects to be available off the bench.
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