The Yankees' start to the second half hasn't been so smooth. But then again neither was their last few games into the All-Star break.
Though there are various reasons why this is the case, one of them is the absence of rookie Gleyber Torres. The second baseman has been sidelined with a right hip issue since July 5, and in turn, the Yankees have gone 7-7 over that span.
But, rest assured, Torres could be back in the Yankees' lineup on Wednesday as he approaches the final step in his rehab process. The 21-year-old will DH for the Class-A Tampa Tarpons on Tuesday, with the Yankees wanting to make sure that hip doesn't bother him in back-to-back games.
Manager Aaron Boone hopes that's the case.
"We have missed him -- obviously he is a guy who has burst onto the scene not only in New York but around the country," Boone told The Post's George A. King III about Torres. "I am really excited to get him back and all that he brings in different spots in the order, more down in the order with so many big hits. Just what he brings instinctually to our defense, I am looking forward to getting him back."
The Yankees haven't gotten any sort of production from Torres' replacements in Neil Walker, Tyler Wade, and Brandon Drury. One of these players will likely be the casualty when Torres returns to the lineup as well.
"We will start having those discussions today and tonight in the kind of direction we want to go," Boone said. "See Gleyber get through [Monday] and have those discussions."
In his rehab game on Saturday, Torres went 1-for-3. On his All-Star season, he owns a .294/.350/.555 slash line with 15 homers and 42 RBI over 63 games.