BALTIMORE (AP) – Gleyber Torres said he understood the Yankees’ motives for moving him from shortstop to second.
Manager Aaron Boone made the decision after Torres made 18 mistakes this season, including four in the past week.
“All for the team,” Torres said before Tuesday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. “I really didn’t do a good job at shortstop. I made too many mistakes and I feel like, in the situation we are in now, you can’t make mistakes. So I feel good about going to second. I just want to be part of the team ”.
The Venezuelan mainly served as a second baseman in 2018 and 2019. He played for a time as shortstop when Didi Gregorius was injured.
Before the 2020 campaign, Gregorius left as a free agent and the Yankees placed Torres as shortstop.
Now, Boone has chosen to move Colombian Gio Urshela from third base to shortstop. DJ LeMahieu would go from the second to the anteroom.
Torres changed positions for Monday’s game against Minnesota.
“I still believe that the best of his baseball is yet to come,” Boone said of Torres. “I just feel like the time to do this was right. Over the last week, it seemed to me that the weight of a couple of mistakes he made had had an impact on him. “
Torres started Tuesday with a .249 average, seven homers and 45 RBIs in 109 games. He hit .243 with three homers and 16 RBIs in the 2020 campaign, shortened by the pandemic.
In 2019, he hit .278 with 38 homers and 90 RBIs. He was selected to the All-Star Game for the second consecutive season.
“This had weighed on him a bit,” Boone said of Torres’ defensive work. Hopefully this can free him up a bit in the final stretch of the season. We hope it puts us in a position to play our best baseball. “