Gleyber Torres played another rehab game on Tuesday, going 0-for-3 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and playing all seven innings at shortstop.
He is scheduled to play nine innings with SWB on Wednesday and is on track to rejoin the Yankees on Friday in The Bronx.
There’s less than five weeks remaining for playoff-contending teams to determine their postseason pitching plans, which means the Yankees don’t have much time to find out what they have behind Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Jordan Montgomery — and perhaps Nestor Cortes Jr. — in the rotation.
Corey Kluber gave them a glimpse of promise in his return from a shoulder strain on Monday night against the Angels. The right-hander didn’t allow a hit for the first three innings — despite barely cracking 90 mph — and then falling apart quickly in the fourth.
Aaron Boone and Kluber pointed to “soft contact” in that fateful fourth inning, but there was plenty of hard contact, as well.
Luis Gil threw 15 ²/₃ scoreless innings in three starts with the Yankees before being sent back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to pitch out of the bullpen — while maintaining a starter’s workload.
Clarke Schmidt was set to make another start for SWB on Tuesday. The right-hander has pitched well in his rehab from a strained elbow suffered during spring training and he entered his outing on Tuesday having reached 65 pitches in his previous start.
Two more experienced pitchers expected to make late-season contributions, Domingo German and Luis Severino, have been slow to return from their shoulder injuries and it’s unclear when — or if — they might be back.
And left-hander Andrew Heaney, who lost his spot in the rotation when Kluber came back, has allowed a home run rate of 3.21 per nine innings, by far the worst on the staff, according to FanGraphs.
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