Yankees’ Gleyber Torres exits after getting hit by pitch

HOUSTON — Gleyber Torres endured half an inning with a 93 mph fastball hitting his right thumb, but his night ended early.

During Friday night’s game between the Yankees and the Astros at Minute Maid Park, Torres injured his thumb on a hit by a pitch in the top of the seventh inning and left the game in the bottom of the inning.

X-rays of Torres’ thumb came back negative, much to the second baseman’s relief, but the pain remained after the game.

New York Yankees No. 25 Gleyber Torres is checked by a trainer after being hit by a pitch. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post
Gleyber Torres was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

“I feel a little better now,” Torres said. “hoping [Saturday] You can play. ”

Torres had his right hand bent while moving around the bases in the top of the inning after being hit by Astros relief pitcher Taylor Scott.

However, when Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake visited Victor Gonzalez on the mound at the bottom of the inning, Torres left the field.

“I felt good after the hit by the pitch, but [wasn’t] I don’t want to put him down because he can throw the ball so well. [first baseman Anthony Rizzo] In that situation where you have a man at first,” Torres said. “It’s probably going to be a double play situation, but I don’t want to mess it up. I just tried to make the best decision for the team.”

Jamai Jones replaced Torres as second baseman in the next inning and pitched well, throwing two ground balls and no runs.

If Torres is forced to sit out at any time, the Yankees could use newly acquired utility man Jon Barty or rising prospect Oswaldo Cabrera at second base.

Gleyber Torres was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning and was ejected in the bottom of the frame. AP

But as of Friday night, Torres was hoping the thumb issue didn’t last long.

“Every time I got hit by a pitch in my hand, there were so many little things that I was worried about,” he said. “But the X-ray results were negative. It just hurts a little.”

The Yankees survived another injury scare that night when Juan Soto twisted his ankle on Aaron Judge’s inning-ending base out, but he remained in the game and said he would play Saturday.