The Yankees will be without rookie sensation Gleyber Torres for at least 10 days as the 21-year-old recuperates from a hip injury. The void instantly creates a crossroads for the club where it concerns who should gain playing time as a result.
For the Yankees, a trial period of sorts develops where they can choose to test the value of Neil Walker or Brandon Drury. Walker has been used in a very limited part-time role and Drury is finally back with the big league club after battling through migraine and blurred vision issues, which effectively lost him the starting job at third base.
When measuring overall value, Walker and his lousy .518 OPS (187 plate appearances) is completely expendable with multiple middle infield options available in the farm system including Ronald Torreyes, who could be the roster addition to replace Torres. The Yankees need to stop prioritizing Walker's playing time.
Drury, a controllable asset for the next three seasons, is significantly more useful to the Yankees whether as part of the organization going forward or as a player to use as a trade piece this summer. As such, Drury would be my primary choice to play second base while Torres recuperates.