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Yankees give Gleyber Torres the day off so red-hot rookie can rest knee


Gleyber Torres is dealing with a minor left knee injury and was not in the Yankees' lineup Sunday afternoon for their series finale against the Angels at the Stadium.

Torres, who is hitting .323 with nine homers and 24 RBI since making his MLB debut in late April, tweaked the knee when he dove for a line drive in the third inning of Friday night's 2-1 win. The ball deflected off Torres' glove, and the rookie walked with a slight limp after rising to his feet after the play.

Only a slight knee injury could slow down Yankees rookie Gleyber Torres. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Aaron Boone said the injury is not significant. Torres hit a game-winning home run in the seventh inning Friday night and played nine innings Saturday night.

"Just the day game after the night game," Boone said of his decision to keep Torres out of the lineup. "That ball he dove for a couple nights ago, just kind of banged up his knee a little bit. He could've absolutely played and will be available today. But it was just something we felt like, day game after the night game, it would be best to give him a blow."

Boone spoke with Torres in the clubhouse Sunday morning.

"He's OK," Boone said. "Just been kind of treating it the last couple days. Again, we don't think it's a big deal. Just felt like the day game, though, probably best (to keep him out of the lineup)."

Boone said sitting Torres was "an obvious choice" because of the quick turnaround from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon.

"He said he was good, but really didn't balk either at the idea of getting a day today," Boone said. "So I think the day game after the night game had a lot to do with it."

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Lefthander Jordan Montgomery, who's been on the 10-day disabled list since May 2 because of tightness in his throwing elbow, tossed on flat ground for the second consecutive day Saturday, reaching "50 or 60 throws," Boone said.

"He's progressing and moving along kind of according to plan," Boone addedd. "Has had no issues, has bounced back with every step so far along the way in the right way."

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Reliever Adam Warren, placed on the DL April 21 with a right back strain, allowed four earned runs in 2/3 of an inning in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. He started the game, walked the first batter he faced, hit the second, walked the third and hit the fourth before allowing a bases-clearing triple.