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Yankees No. 1 prospect Gleyber Torres pulled from Triple-A game due to stiffness

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Robert Murray and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports report that Yankees infield prospect Gleyber Torres was removed from Monday night’s game at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre due to stiffness. Torres’ early exit prompted initial speculation that the Yankees might have decided to call him up to the majors, but that is not the case.

Torres, 21, is the Yankees’ No. 1 prospect and No. 5 in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. He entered Monday’s action batting .385/.405/.565 with a home run and 10 RBI in 42 plate appearances at Triple-A.

It’s understandable that the Yankees want to play it safe with their highly-touted prospect. Torres was part of the Yankees’ haul when the club traded Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in July 2016.

Mike Trout to undergo foot surgery

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Angels star outfielder Mike Trout is done for the year, per a team press release. He’ll undergo surgery to remove the Morton’s neuroma in his right foot sometime over the next week, which will likely require a recovery period that stretches beyond the two weeks remaining in the regular season.

Trout, 28, has been day-to-day with a foot injury since the first week of September. On Monday, he underwent a cryoablation procedure to treat the neuroma on his right foot, but evidently requires further treatment to resolve the issue completely. Per manager Brad Ausmus, Trout ‘tested his foot by running’ on Sunday and found he was still experiencing too much pain to play, prompting his decision to undergo season-ending surgery.

This figures to be the first major setback Trout has seen since his thumb surgery in 2017, but there’s no reason to believe his current ailment will have any substantial effect on his 2020 season. Still, it’s an unfortunate end to another monster campaign by the eight-time All-Star and AL MVP contender, who will finish his 2019 season batting .291/.438/.645 with an AL-best 45 home runs, .1083 OPS, and league-leading 8.6 fWAR.