Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres has definitely learned his lesson. He will focus on sliding feet first from now on.
"I'll try not to slide head first," Torres told NJ.com' Brendan Kuty at Yankees camp in Tampa.
An arrant head-first slide from Torres into home last season ended his 2017 campaign, as he required Tommy John surgery on his left elbow after the injury. So, the Yankees are stressing the 21-year-old to go feet-first into bases.
"I want to take care of my arm," he said. "Right now, in the minor league, I've practice (feet-first) slides. I want to feel comfortable because the first one I was scared with my arm just for a slide, but now I feel comfortable. I've tried feet-first slides to take care of my arm."
Torres is hoping to take care of his arm and the rest of his body this spring as he battles for one of the two infield positions up for grabs. He is predicted to win the battle for second base, but he doesn't care which one he plays as long as his name is on the Opening Day roster.
"I feel comfortable at both positions," Torres said. "I'm prepared. Last year I played both positions. I feel comfortable. This year, too, I havve more comfortable and a little more experience. For me, the most important thing is to help the team at any position where the team needs me. Of course, I'll play whatever position and play hard."
Before his injury, Torres posted a .287/.383/.480 slash line in 2017. He played shortstop, second, and third base last season, where he totaled just five errors on 120 attempts.