The Yankees had an eventful first inning against the Orioles on Thursday night. John Means began his sophomore season by surrendering five runs to the Bombers, and he hit two batters for good measure.
One of those batters he plunked, however, was Gleyber Torres. The Yankees’ shortstop took a 94.5 mph fastball off of the elbow. Torres appeared in excruciating pain after the ball made contact, and he needed a few minutes to regain his composure.
He remained in the game, however, and took another at-bat. But Tyler Wade came in and replaced him at shortstop in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Yankees have yet to provide an update, so hopefully it’s just a precautionary measure.
Torres, 23, has gone 3-for-18 on the young season with a home run. Last year he hit .278/.337/.535 with 38 home runs (125 wRC+).
Update (10:19 PM): The Yankees announce that Torres suffered a right elbow contusion. He underwent x-rays, and they came back negative. Phew.
INF Gleyber Torres (hit by a pitch in the top of the first inning and substituted defensively when the Yankees took the field in the bottom of the fourth) was removed from the game with a right elbow contusion. X-rays taken at Oriole Park at Camden Yards were negative.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 31, 2020
This is a developing situation. Pinstripe Alley will have more on this as it develops.