The Yankees opener is less than two weeks away and it looks like they could need an Opening Day shortstop to replace Didi Gregorius. Here is a look at the options:
If the Gregorius injury is minor …
Push the easy button. The Yankees’ backup middle infielder, Ronald Torreyes, would move into the starting shortstop job. The versatile Tyler Wade, who’s played at the highest minor league level among the Yankees shortstop prospects at Double-A, could also be an option. They also could slide Starlin Castro back to his original position, where he has played 844 major league games, and put Torreyes or others at second base. Ex-Met Ruben Tejada is in camp, but has not impressed.
If the Gregorius injury is major …
The Yankees would probably hunt for a shortstop elsewhere — options from other teams could be someone such as White Sox middle infielder Carlos Sanchez or the Phillies’ Freddy Galvis. Both fit that bill because their teams have young shortstops on the move.
What about Gleyber Torres or Jorge Mateo?
The Yankees desperately want the phenom Torres to get some Double-A time before they move him up. They seem committed to making it a process, despite the tremendous upside he has shown this spring, batting .464. He has never played above Class A, but he owns major league confidence and does not play like a 20-year-old. Mateo has already been optioned back to Class A and the next step for him might be to learn center field or be dealt.