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Yankees remove Gleyber Torres from game with apparent injury

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Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was removed from Tuesday night’s game against the Orioles with an apparent injury. The specific nature of the injury is not yet known, but the club should pass along an update after the game.

Torres was 0-for-2 before being replaced by Breyvic Valera. MLB.com’s Zachary Silver suggests that the injury may be related to a lunging swing he took in the third inning. Torres suffered a “core” injury on Sunday so he may have exacerbated the issue.

Torres, 22, has hit a productive .282/.349/.508 with 23 home runs and 62 RBI in 437 plate appearances this season. If he should need to go on the injured list, the Yankees may move DJ LeMahieu to second base on a more full-time basis. Valera also started three of the last four games at second base, so he could see increased playing time as well.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.