Here’s some good news for the 2018 Yankees.
Top prospect Gleyber Torres continues to make strides in his recovery from season-ending Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.
“After long months of recovery I can finally hit again and that makes me super happy,” Torres tweeted Wednesday. “Now let’s keep working and keep improving.”
Despite suffering the significant injury, MLB.com has Torres ranked as its No. 1 prospect in all of baseball.
“I anticipate him, as long as he gets back on track, making his MLB debut at some point when a need arises in 2018,” Brian Cashman recently told WFAN. “I don’t see it happening out of the gate because he hasn’t had a full season at Triple-A.”
Speaking of the future, Joe Girardi, who is in the final year of his contract, was asked about raised fan expectations going forward.
“I’m sure (they’re raised), and that’s a good thing,” the manager said. “You worry about that for next year. And you prepare the players for it next year, but I don’t think (it’s a burden). It’s better than the alternative.”
Girardi’s mind was on preparing for Dallas Keuchel, who has a 1.09 career ERA against his club (including postseason), in Wednesday’s Game 5.
“He doesn’t lay too many eggs, so when he makes mistakes in games, you can’t miss them,” Girardi said, citing Keuchel’s ability to locate and the lefty’s late movement. The key will be to get in deep counts and make him work.”
Yankees vs. Astros 2017 American League Championship Series
Girardi did take some time to relish the scene at Yankee Stadium during his team’s remarkable comeback win in Game 4.
“It’s been wonderful to watch,” he said. “I peek at left field and I see the fans jumping up and down. And I peek and watch them pounding the pads in right field and jumping up and down. It’s brought back a lot of good memories for me, but I just love it. And it’s fun to be a part of.”
Girardi decided to go with Chase Headley over Matt Holliday at DH against Keuchel because the manager has liked Headley’s recent at-bats.
On Game 6 starter Luis Severino, Girardi said: “Those (possible injury) concerns have been put to rest for me. I believe he’s doing his bullpen (Wednesday) and everything was good. So I feel pretty good about what he’s done.”