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Torres could return Sunday; Stanton update

Gleyber Torres wouldn’t want to miss an opportunity to hit in one of his favorite ballparks. As the Yankees prepare to open a four-game series with the Orioles starting on Friday, they could welcome the shortstop back to the lineup by the end of the weekend, manager Aaron Boone said.

Torres has reported to the Yankees’ alternate training site in Moosic, Pa., where he will test his left hamstring and quadriceps strains by garnering live at-bats. If all goes according to plan, Boone said that Torres could travel on Saturday and rejoin the active roster for Sunday’s series finale in Baltimore.

“I’m just trying to prepare myself every day to help my team,” Torres said. “That kind of injury is a little bit of a slow process. I’m just making sure everything’s all right, so when I’m back to play, I don’t feel anything. I just try to play 100 percent and try to do my best with my teammates.”

Torres crushed Orioles pitching last season, posting a .394/.467/1.045 slash line with 13 home runs and 20 RBIs in 18 games, including an otherworldly .400/.500/1.167 slash line with seven homers and 10 RBIs in nine games at Camden Yards.

Torres has struggled to recapture that same magic in 2020, however, recording a .231/.341/.295 slash line with one homer and six RBIs in 24 games before sustaining the dual injuries while running to first base on Aug. 20 against the Rays at Yankee Stadium.