The Yankees made a somewhat surprising but also somewhat expected move following Tuesday’s 2-2 tie with the Detroit Tigers. Gleyber Torres was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and reassigned to minor league camp.
Roster Moves: Following today’s game, the Yankees optioned C Kyle Higashioka and INF Gleyber Torres to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and reassigned them to minor league camp.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) March 13, 2018
The move itself is not shocking because the Yankees will delay Torres’ free agency a full year by keeping him in the Minors roughly one month into the season. The timing of the move is somewhat suspect because the budding superstar only racked up 25 at-bats in Spring Training and never really found his footing.
Torres posted a .130 batting average and did not have a home run or RBI during his time with the Big League club. Now he will have plenty of time to work on his approach at the plate and continue to recover from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent last year on his elbow. We can still expect to see Torres in pinstripes this season, barring another injury.
The club also reassigned backup catcher Kyle Higashioka to Triple-A in this transaction.
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