The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are playing it safe with Gleyber Torres.
The 21-year-old infielder was feeling a little tight prior to Monday night’s game in Gwinnett but played anyway. He didn’t last long, though.
With a first-pitch forecast of 48 degrees, 16-mph wind and the temperature dropping as the game progressed, Torres was pulled prior to his fifth-inning at-bat as a precaution as the mid-back tightness persisted.
A day later, with another night game against the Gwinnett Stripers on tap, Torres was out of the lineup. The New York Yankees top prospect is considered day-to-day.
“He’s fine,” RailRiders manager Bobby Mitchell said over the phone on Tuesday. “He had a little tightness. That’s all. It might have been from the cold weather or being in the bus. Who knows. He’s just a little tight.
“He’s probably day-to-day. We’ll see how it goes.”
Torres had made his sixth consecutive start at third base on Monday.
Mitchell said that “the word is” the Yankees want him spending his time at third right now. The first-year manager doesn’t expect Torres to stray from the hot corner much in the immediate future.
While Wednesday and Thursday have been cited as important dates for a possible Torres promotion, Mitchell said that he’s unaware of the Yankees’ future plans for the infielder.
Wednesday marks the 20th day of the big-league season and allows teams an extra year of control for players on their 40-man roster that haven’t been called up, like Torres. The Yankees are off on Wednesday — while the RailRiders complete their three-game set in Gwinnett — and start a four-game series with the Blue Jays on Thursday.
After an off day on Thursday, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre opens its six-game homestand with a three-game set against the Toledo Mud Hens on Friday.
“We plan on having him as a player,” Mitchell said. “Hopefully he gets called up as soon as possible. That’s why we’re trying to get him up there. We don’t really have any idea when he’s getting called up at all.”
Rogers back in rotation
Southpaw Josh Rogers is back in the RailRiders starting rotation after being replaced by 40-man right-hander Luis Cessa over the weekend.
With Cessa — who had been optioned to the RailRiders on Sunday — heading back to New York to replace an injured Tommy Kahnle in the Yankees bullpen, Rogers took his normal turn in the RailRiders rotation on Tuesday. The 23-year-old has arguably been Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s best pitcher this season.
Rogers struck out a career-high 10 batters as he pitched seven innings of one-run baseball to notch his first Triple-A victory on April 12 against Charlotte.
“What he had really well was — and it was his best outing, I think, that I’ve seen him — he had good velocity,” Mitchell said. “Velocity, location was great. He just was able to mix his speeds and throw strikes. When you do that, you’re going to be effective.”
Outfielder Cesar Diaz has taken Cessa’s spot on the RailRiders roster. Diaz was in extended spring training.
The Yankees placed Kahnle on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday with right shoulder tendinitis.
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