Gleyber Torres could be back in the New York Yankees lineup as early as Wednesday, a week after the fully vaccinated shortstop tested positive for COVID-19. Manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday that Torres had been cleared by Major League Baseball's joint committee and was already en route to Texas to rejoin the team. Torres was the only player among nine total positives within the Yankees traveling party since last week, which included three coaches and five staffers.
Turns out Gerrit Cole is mortal after all. The Yankees ace got shelled for five runs in as many innings in last night’s game, and it was apparent from the get-go that his command was AWOL. One almost assumes the Yankees will win when Cole is pitching, so after yesterday’s surprise loss, they will need top-notch performances from their other starters if they want to win the series.
The 27-year-old Odor played his first seven big league seasons for the Rangers, who designated him for assignment April 1 and left him off their opening day roster even when still owed two guaranteed seasons at $12 million each. He was facing Texas for the first time since then, and said it was a weird feeling. It was tough.