May 17, 2021

Gleyber Torres’ other qualities makes shortstop struggles bearable (New York Post)


TAMPA — Between the relatively trivial flurry of ballplayer injuries at George M. Steinbrenner and the worldwide pandemic that is the coronavirus, little brain space and time remains to discuss how the healthy Yankees are actually performing on the field.

Yet if you can find a moment to contemplate that matter, it doesn’t take long to identify the defending American League East champions’ top on-field concern:

“Not really good right now,” Gleyber Torres said Wednesday, in describing his defense at shortstop.

The Yankees assumed some risk when, upon letting Didi Gregorius go to Joe Girardi’s Phillies, they anointed Torres as their starting shortstop. It falls upon Torres and his superiors to refute that risk with results.

And so far, the results discourage. On Tuesday, during a 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays at The George, Torres committed his fifth error in 10 Grapefruit League games, a high throw to first baseman Luke Voit, and could have been charged with another on a bobble of what was instead ruled an infield single by Randal Grichuk.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, with the team across the state in Jupiter on Wednesday, told The Post’s George A. King…

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