Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres was held out of the starting lineup on Tuesday, and he played just four innings against the Braves yesterday before leaving because of tightness in his hip. After the game the Yankees placed him on the 10-day disabled list with a right hip strain.
Torres is hitting .294/.350/.555 with 15 homers and 42 RBI over his first 63 major league games. Given that he won’t be available until July 14 — and given that the All-Star break starts two days later — there’s a good chance he’s done for the first half, even if the issue is a minor one. In his absence the Yankees will likely play Neil Walker at second base.
Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates released Francisco Cervelli. Yesterday he was signed by the Braves. Atlanta gave him the start behind the plate and he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs driven in to help his new team to victory over the Mets. Welcome to Atlanta, Frankie.
Cervelli had been rehabbing from a concussion and hadn’t seen big league action since late May. He was ready to come back, though, and the Pirates — who are going nowhere — gave him his release so that he might join a contender for the stretch run.
The performance he put up last night, obviously will not be the norm for him going forward. But it’s also the case that his early 2019 batting line of .193/.279/.248 is not indicative of his talent level either. He posted an .809 OPS (122 OPS+) in 2018, and if he gives Atlanta anything even approaching his usual production it’ll help stabilize a shaky catching situation for the Braves.