Torres went 1-for-4 with a three-run shot and two strikeouts in a 4-3 win over the Rays on Thursday.
The 21-year-old rookie continues to shine, with 13 home runs and a .928 OPS in just 156 at-bats. Torres is hitting just .233 (10-for-43) in June but still has four long balls during this month. Even regularly hitting at the bottom of the order, Torres should continue finding ways to make an impact at the plate.
Torres is set to bat fifth and start at second base against Tampa Bay on Thursday, Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News reports.
With a few regulars in Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius and Greg Bird out of the lineup against the left-handed Blake Snell, Torres will slide up the batting order and bat out of the five-spot for the third time this season. Manager Aaron Boone enjoys placing Torres ninth in the order to give the club a "second leadoff" hitter, so it's unlikely that this move is anything permanent.
Torres went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Saturday against the Mets.
Torres got the Yankees on the board in the third inning by crushing a Steven Matz offering to left field for his 11th home run of the season. He continues to flash impressive and somewhat surprising power early in his major league career, though this was his first extra-base hit since his last home run, which came on June 4.
Yankees fans were likely holding their breath after Torres was drilled in the wrist by a 94 mile-per-hour fastball in Saturday's game against the Orioles, but manager Aaron Boone confirmed that the rookie would have been available for the series finale with Baltimore on Sunday had that game not been postponed, per Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. The day off Sunday was likely beneficial nonetheless for Torres, who could be cleared to play both halves of the twin bill if he experiences no unexpected soreness during the afternoon contest.
Torres (knee) will start at second base and bat fifth Monday against the Astros, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
Though Yankees manager Aaron Boone indicated that Torres was held out of lineup Sunday against the Angels while nursing a sore knee, the injury was never anything that was expected to sideline the star rookie more than a day. To little surprise, Torres is back in the starting nine Monday and will occupy his highest spot in the batting order to date after primarily serving as the Yankees' No. 9 hitter this season.
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