The Yankees’ series against the Mets was postponed, but that didn’t stop their list of injuries from growing on Friday, as Gleyber Torres was placed on the injured list.
Torres left Thursday’s game with a tight left hamstring suffered running to first base and an MRI exam confirmed a Grade 1 strain (the least severe).
The news was hardly unexpected and adds to the health woes the Yankees have experienced this year, with Aaron Judge (strained right calf), Giancarlo Stanton (strained left hamstring), DJ LeMahieu (sprained left thumb) all out of the lineup, Zack Britton out with a strained hamstring and Luis Severino and Tommy Kahnle both recovering from Tommy John surgery.
And while the news could have been worse for Paxton and the Yankees, he was also placed on the IL. The 31-year-old, who will be a free agent for the first time following this season, was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of the left forearm flexor.
Torres has struggled for much of this season, but had improved at the plate before a recent 1-for-11 slide. His transition to everyday shortstop has also not gone smoothly.
With the infield already without LeMahieu at second, Tyler Wade had been filling in and Thairo Estrada came off the bench to replace Torres on Thursday.
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The Yankees recently signed veteran Jordy Mercer, who can play shortstop and Miguel Andujar was also sent down to the alternate site in Scranton following Wednesday’s game. Andujar has not done well in his adjustment to coming off the bench.
Additional reporting by Ken Davidoff