The Yankees were left holding their collective breath Sunday as Gleyber Torres headed for the MRI tube.
The shortstop injured his left thumb while diving into second base on a steal in the fourth inning of a 2-0 loss to the Mariners. He was wearing a protective mitt on his right hand but dove in with his bare left hand and came up in pain.
“A little concerned about him right now,” manager Aaron Boone said.
Torres initially stayed in the game and went 3-for-4 but was pulled in the ninth inning for Tyler Wade after striking out in the bottom of the eighth.
“As the game went on, he just felt kind of the instability hitting,” Boone said.
As Luke Voit rehabbed a knee injury on his third injured list stint of the season, he also lost his starting job.
The Yankees first baseman was supplanted by Anthony Rizzo, whom the club traded for at the deadline. And with Giancarlo Stanton mostly glued to designated hitter, Voit was suddenly without an everyday role.
That changed for the time being on Sunday, when Voit returned to The Bronx to replace Rizzo, who will miss at least 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19. But Voit admitted it was “a little frustrating” to be replaced and subsequently hear his name in trade talks.
“It was a weird spot,” Voit said after going 0-for-4. “Obviously, glad he’s a part of the team. I get it, I haven’t been around a lot this year. I guess I was in the trade talks as well, and you never know what can happen there. But I’m wearing pinstripes today, and my job is to come to the field, work my butt off every day and play my heart out. Whenever my name’s in the lineup, I’m going to give it my all.”
A year after leading the majors with 22 home runs, Voit played in just his 30th game of the season Sunday, though he said his current version is “the best I’ve felt in a long time.” He missed 34 games after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in spring training and later sat out 23 more with a strained oblique.
Voit ended Sunday hitting just .232 with three home runs.
“It’s frustrating,” Voit said. “Obviously, I wanted to play. It’s going to be difficult, obviously, when [Rizzo] comes back. But whenever I was in the minor leagues, too, they told me I was playing for 29 other teams. So I’m just glad to be back and healthy. I want to do whatever I can to help this team win. Whether that’s on the bench or playing first or DHing, whatever. I don’t know. It’s a weird spot, for sure.”
Luis Severino (Tommy John surgery, groin strain) made his second rehab start Sunday with Double-A Somerset, throwing four perfect innings and striking out five on 48 pitches. Boone said the right-hander will likely have at least one more rehab start before rejoining the Yankees.
3B Gio Urshela (strained hamstring) has a “good chance” of being back in the Yankees lineup on Wednesday — the first day he is eligible to come off the injured list, Boone said.
RHP Nick Nelson was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. … 1B Chris Gittens (sprained ankle) began a rehab assignment with Somerset..