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While a pair of unscheduled days off this week might have gotten other players out of rhythm, that wasn’t the case for Gleyber Torres.
After being hit in the right elbow on Friday at Tampa Bay and having difficulty throwing from shortstop on Saturday, Torres got Sunday off and showed no signs of injury on Wednesday, homering three times in the Yankees’ doubleheader sweep of the Orioles.
“No pain, no gain,’’ Torres said following the 5-3 victory in the first game, when he hit a pair of solo homers. “I know it’s a bad situation for us, with everyone’s injuries. If I can play with pain, I do.”
And he acknowledged having games postponed due to inclement weather on Monday and Tuesday aided his recuperation.
“The last couple days gave my elbow rest and helped,’’ Torres said. “When I throw the ball, it’s a little sore, for sure, but I think I need a couple more days until I feel like 100 percent.”
Torres added his third homer of the day in the second game, a 3-1 win. He added it was the first time he’d ever hit three home runs in a day.
Just as important was the fact that his arm showed no remnants of the injury while he played both games of the twin bill at shortstop.
He made a good stop and strong throw from deep in the hole on Hanser Alberto’s grounder in the top of the second, Luke Voit was unable to make the scoop at first and the play went for a single, but Torres continued to be a fine replacement at short for Didi Gregorius.
“He’s swinging the bat really well and made a lot really good plays in the field,’’ Aaron Boone said. “He handled some plays that weren’t easy … I thought he threw the ball well, which was good to see because that was different than what saw in Tampa.”
Torres’ two-homer game in the opener was his fourth multi-homer game of his career and he became the youngest Yankee to have that many games with more than one home run — beating Joe DiMaggio by 13 days.
He’d homered just once in his previous 22 games since April 17 before Wednesday and it’s no surprise he broke out against Baltimore.
Both of his multi-homer games — and six of his eight homers overall — this season have come against the Orioles.
“I’m still a contact hitter,’’ Torres said with a laugh.
Even without the homers, Torres remained productive. In his last 18 games, he’s hitting .338 (24-for-71) with eight runs, six doubles, four homers and 11 RBIs.
With the way injuries have gone for the Yankees this season, they should be pleased he’s even on the field.
“After I got hit, my elbow was too sore and I felt a lot of pain when I [threw] the ball,’’ Torres said. “But I hit really well.”
He doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.