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Feature Sized- Trenton Thunder shortstop Gleyber Torres greets teammates during introductions before the Thunder home season opener against the Portland Sea Dogs at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton on Thursday, April 13, 2017. (Martin Griff)


Gleyber Happy to Be Back; Manager Says Second Base No Longer in Plans

TRENTON – Yankees top-prospect Gleyber Torres was activated from the seven-day disabled list on Friday night after missing Trenton’s last nine games with mild right rotator cuff tendinitis.  The organizations crown-jewel went 0-for-3 with a walk and reached on an error while serving as the teams DH.

Trenton Thunder second baseman Gleyber Torrres warms up before a game against the Akron RubberDucks at Canal Park in Akron, OH on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Photo by Martin Griff

“I feel very good,” admitted Torres following the team’s 4-2 defeat on Friday night. “I feel 100-percent, yesterday was practice on my day off to make sure my shoulder felt pretty good and today I feel pretty nice.”

Torres added, “tonight my timing was a little bit late but it was my first day back after nine or ten days and I just want to be ready for tomorrow.”

In his first 11 games at the Double-A level, Torres has hit .220 with two RBI and three extra-base hits while primarily batting in the third spot in the batting order.

Thunder Manager Bobby Mitchell did say that once Torres begins to play the field again, he will play him primarily at shortstop and he will play almost exclusively on the left side on the infield, with second base essentially being phased out of their plans for the 20-year old.

Trenton Thunder infielder Gleyber Torres, a top Yankee prospect, did not play against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at ARM & HAMMER Park on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 after being placed on the DL. (Martin Griff)

“We’re probably going to stick him at short for a while,” said Mitchell. “I think the decision has been made to play him more at short and third than second base. Pretty much just going to keep him on the left side. He was in favor of it and it was discussed with the organization. We were all asked and I think that we all agreed that would be a good idea. He is fine, it is just a matter of being careful while easing him back into the routine.”

Torres said, “I feel ready [to play the field]. The Manager told me on the first day he wanted me to just DH, but tomorrow, I think I will play shortstop.”


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