NEW YORK – Manager Aaron Boone seemed genuinely disappointed.
The mood in his clubhouse was much grumpier the night before, he said.
Back then, Boone told beloved beneficiary Ronald Torreyes The team had sent him to Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre – though he had not done anything wrong.
"The message, you could feel it in our clubhouse (Friday) night, it was tough," said Boone
"It was a difficult night that was simply a tribute to what Ronald Torreyes is and what he means to our team and our clubhouse and frankly, how he performed in his years here but I did not have that conversation with this group as a whole, but it was ̵
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Torreyes was sent out to make way for the first baseman Greg Bird, who was to reach sixth place in Saturday's game against Yankee Stadium's Angels.
Bird was excreted worldwide, recovering from the right ankle operation to remove a bone spur.
Torreyes was the victim because the team wants to keep Tyler Austin's hefty right-wing bat on the bench, and because he'd like to have an extra helper, General Manager Brian Cashman said. "We would love to bring Toe back to the future sometime, but I can say the same thing about Clint Frazier, Brandon Drury, and others, it was not an easy decision, but we were paid to do some hard work," Cashman said.
Torreyes took the news as well as anyone else, Boone said.
"He was a pro, as you would expect, and somehow he left when he comes down and is Ronald Torreyes and works hard, as he always does, which we all know he will." Boone said, "Hopefully this opportunity will be there for him sooner rather than later."
Torreyes was one of the key members of the Yankees clubhouse – and in his field success.
Torreyes stands at 5 feet-7 and seems to have a personal handshake with everyone and his dugout antics have made him a fan favorite.
The Yankees especially love him because he meets whenever he is called.
In sporadic work, Torreyes has hit .339 with six RBI and one .785 OPS in 63 record appearances, covering the second base, third base and shortstop. He has hit .288 in three seasons.
"Obviously a very difficult decision," Boone said. "I think it was thinking, and hopefully it's something temporary for what Toe for our team, for our clubhouse, for the guys in our room, for the way he performs."
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