TAMPA — Gleyber Torres’ slim hopes of making the Opening Day roster for the Yankees vanished Tuesday, when he was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following a 2-2 tie against the Tigers.
Torres went 1-for-2 with a walk at Steinbrenner Field and is now 4-for-25 in 11 games this spring.
The 21-year-old is coming off Tommy John surgery to his left elbow last season, and the Yankees kept him out of winter ball. Torres’ return to the field has been bumpy, as he has struggled at the plate after wowing the Yankees a year ago during spring training and moving quickly from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
He had been considered a favorite to win the starting second-base job following Starlin Castro’s trade to Miami in the deal that brought Giancarlo Stanton to The Bronx, but with his sluggish start to spring and the Yankees signing of Neil Walker on Monday, Torres’ hopes had dimmed.
Tyler Wade also had mostly outplayed Torres, as well.
Torres still figures to be called up to make his MLB debut at some point in 2018, but he will have to wait longer than some had originally thought.