Troy Tulowitzki tops the depth chart at shortstop, but manager Aaron Boone plans to replace him with Gleyber Torres often.
Like a good Gleyber, Torres will be there for Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop in 2019. At least, that’s what New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said in an interview on Sunday.
Boone told the New York Post’s Steve Serby that Gleyber Torres will see a lot of action at short:
“I think the question with Troy is, assuming health, is how much is he able to bounce back day in and day out. Even if Troy is completely healthy, there’s gonna be some significant playing time I think for Gleyber at shortstop until Didi (Gregorius) does come back.”
Didi Gregorius will miss at least the first couple of months of the 2019 season. The 28-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery in the offseason.
Boone indicated during the interview with Serby that the timetable for Gregorius’s return is “anywhere from June to August.”[membership level="0"]
The Yankees signed Tulowitzki to a league-minimum deal in January. He missed all of 2018 with a right ankle injury, and he’s known as an injury prone player.
When Torres plays shortstop, that will open up second base for DJ LeMahieu, the Bombers’ other infield signing this offseason.
Torres made five errors in 152 innings at shortstop in 2018, his rookie campaign. LeMahieu could also step in at shortstop, although he’s only played four innings at the position in his career.
Of course, if the Yankees are really worried about shortstop, Manny Machado is still unsigned. If Brian Cashman pulls that surprise out of his baseball cap, all talk of who plays short will abruptly end.