Gleyber Torres became the latest Yankees star to land on the injured list Monday after an MRI revealed a left thumb sprain, the team announced.
Torres hurt the thumb by diving into second base on a fourth-inning steal attempt in the Yanks’ 2-0 loss to the Mariners on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Torres remained in the game until the ninth inning, and manager Aaron Boone said that he was “a little concerned” by Torres’ discomfort.
In corresponding moves, the Yankees recalled right-hander Nick Nelson and signed infielder Andrew Velazquez to a Major League contract, selecting him to the 26-man roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. A roster spot was open after right-hander Luis Gil was returned to Triple-A following his start on Sunday.
Torres’ performance had been improving after a slow start. He went 3-for-4 on Sunday, raising his batting line to .253/.328/.351. Torres has six homers and 42 RBIs in 99 games. He has hit .300/.337/.500 in 22 games since the All-Star break, with three homers and 13 RBIs.
The Yankees have established a franchise record with 41 injured list stints this season. Torres is the eighth Yankee to hit the IL this month, joining right-handers Domingo Germán and Gerrit Cole, left-handers Jordan Montgomery and Aroldis Chapman, infielders Gio Urshela and Anthony Rizzo, and catcher Gary Sánchez.