BALTIMORE — Gleyber Torres dominated the Orioles last year, hitting 13 homers in 18 games. So far, 2020 has been tougher for Torres against Baltimore.
The Yankees shortstop went hitless in Wednesday’s win and left Thursday’s 8-6 win at Camden Yards in the fourth inning after he got drilled in the right elbow with a pitch in the first.
The Yankees announced that X-rays were negative and Torres suffered a contusion, which is good news for the shortstop, who was replaced by Tyler Wade.
Aaron Boone called the injury “day-to-day” and Torres said he decided to get out of the game because the injury was affecting his ability to throw.
Boone said Tommy Kahnle was unavailable Thursday and the team would provide an update on the right-hander on Friday. Kahnle has made just one appearance so far this season, when he struck out the side in a scoreless eighth to protect a one-run lead in Sunday’s win over the Nationals. The bullpen is already without Aroldis Chapman, who has been sidelined with COVID-19.
When the Astros were found guilty last offseason of having used electronics to steal signs in 2017, no players were disciplined, as part of a deal Major League Baseball made to encourage players to cooperate.
Sources confirmed Thursday that MLB and the players association reached an agreement allowing commissioner Rob Manfred to suspend players without pay for a similar offense going forward, as first reported by The Athletic.
“I think it’s a good thing,’’ Boone said. “It’s obviously something that’s become an issue in our sport — I think, in some ways, to a lesser degree now because there has been quite a crackdown after all that went on this winter. Anything we can do to make it competitively fair, as best you can, I’m supportive of.”
Some players seem to have taken matters into their own hands, with Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly suspended eight games for throwing at Astros hitters on Tuesday.
Because of the setup of this season’s schedule, the Yankees wouldn’t face Houston until the playoffs. Torres was asked what he thought of Kelly’s actions.
“I prefer not to comment about that,’’ Torres said. “I don’t want to say anything wrong. If somebody wants to do something, they do. It is what is, I guess.”
When the Yankees have their home opener in The Bronx on Friday against the Red Sox, they won’t have cardboard cutouts in the stands, as other teams — like Boston and the Mets — have done this season. Instead, the team intends to put tarp over the Legends seats behind home plate.
The Phillies announced Thursday that a coach and home clubhouse attendant tested positive for COVID-19 and they canceled a workout at their home park and put the Yankees’ schedule next week in flux once again.
The Phillies, who played the Marlins in Philadelphia over the weekend, were scheduled to play the Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park this weekend, but those games have been postponed and the league said in a statement it would “coordinate with health experts and the Major League Baseball Players Association in planning for the Phillies’ resumption of play.”
The Yankees had been slated to play the Phillies this week before Philadelphia had its season paused. Instead, they shifted to a two-game series against the Orioles in Baltimore.
The Yankees are scheduled to play the Red Sox in The Bronx starting Friday. Beyond that, Boone is unsure of what his team will do.
“I don’t really know anything,’’ Boone said. “Does that impact next week? I guess in some ways it could. I’ve gotten no directive from anyone. The league probably doesn’t know how next week is gonna unfold. Our focus is here right now and then home against the Red Sox.”
Boone’s college coach at USC, Mike Gillespie, passed away Wednesday night. Boone said Gillespie was among the reasons he wore No. 19 when he played — including with the Yankees.
— Additional reporting by Zach Braziller