Yankees’ Gleyber Torres talks about checked-swing play: ‘I can put a little more effort on that’

Andres Chavez
New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) looks on during the seventh inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

With six losses in their last seven games, the New York Yankees’ season isn’t going as planned. They dropped Wednesday’s tilt against the Atlanta Braves 4-1 and once again couldn’t produce on the offensive end.

One of the most frustrating situations came in the seventh inning, as Yankees’ shortstop Gleyber Torres, who has been struggling mightly since the beginning of the season, produced a soft grounder on a check swing, and proceeded to slowly jog to first base. His manager, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, will not accept such a low level of effort.

Aaron Boone, the Yankees’ skipper, said he planned to talk to Torres before Thursday’s game. The shortstop, however, is aware of the optics of that specific play.

“The situation we are in right now, that is a moment that I want to hit to help my team,” Torres said. “To check my swing and hit the ball right to the pitcher, that is not the way I want to finish my at-bat. I know what I did. I can put a little more effort on that.”

The Yankees can’t find answers at the plate

The Yankees’ offense has been one of the league’s worst, and it was handcuffed once again on Wednesday, this time by Braves’ starter Ian Anderson.

“We had a couple of opportunities, but not really enough to break through,” manager Aaron Boone said. “As a group, we’ve just got to continue to lean on each other and trust each other.”

Speaking about the specific Torres’ play, Boone believes the Yankees’ infielder could have initially thought it was a foul ball, but also thinks that he could have hustled.

“That’s got to be a little bit better, obviously,” he said.

Torres is on a 1-for-16 bad streak at the plate and has only two extra-base hits for the season, with a .186 batting average.

“I feel like I’m missing my pitch,” Torres said. “I want to help my team. … I feel confident right now. I’m working hard before the game, trying to control what I can.”