New York Yankees: Fatigue setting in for Gleyber Torres, Yanks must help him

Alexander Wilson
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Sep 20, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) grabs his leg after slipping while fielding a ball during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Torres would later come out of the game. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees and their entire fan base held their breath on Friday night as star second baseman Gleyber Torres took an awkward tumble that left him curled up on the grass.

With Torres’ back leg seeming to slide causing him to lose his footing, an injury appeared to be present; however, he managed to escape anything serious, jumping up after a few seconds on the ground.

Torres explained the injury to manager Aaron Boone as “weakness in his legs.” My translation — “Fatigue in his legs.”

“The way he rolled over and the turf gave out little bit on him, that’s a ‘Hold your breath moment,’ ’’ Boone said, as per the NY Post. “I think he’s gonna be OK.”

The injuries plaguing the Yankees will undoubtedly affect their success during the postseason, and losing Torres for any amount of games would be devastating. Hopefully, the ailment will be nothing more than an overextension that won’t keep him out for too long.

Torres has been one of the Yankees’ top players this season, leading the team with 38 homers and a .284 batting average. His influence on the team is significant, and they need both his bat and glove for the playoffs.

We’ve obviously dealt with a lot of [injuries] over the course of the season,’’ Brett Gardner said. “He’s been one of the few guys that have lasted through everything. I was concerned, and obviously happy when he got back up. … Hopefully it’s something that’s not too serious.

New York Yankees’ Gary Sanchez injury update:

After pulling his groin on September 12, Gary Sanchez has spent time rehabbing. As of now, he’s out indefinitely and could miss postseason games with the ailment. However, there’s optimism he will return for the start of the playoffs, a necessity for the Yankees who would be forced to utilize Austine Romine and Kyle Higashioka as their starter and backup respectively.