Yankees shake their infield: mistakes send Gleyber Torres to second and Gio Urshela will be the new shortstop

Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela change positions.

Gleyber Torres returns to second base after serving as shortstop for the New York Yankees.

The 24-year-old Venezuelan played middleweight in his first two seasons with the Yankees, in 2018 and 2019. He went to shortstop when Didi Gregorius suffered an injury and took over the job in 2020 after Gregorius signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Torres made nine mistakes in last year’s shortened campaign and accumulated 18 in the current one., the second most in the American League, behind only Bo Bichette (Toronto). Torres made a couple of bugs in the weekend’s series at the New York Mets Stadium, including one that led three dirty runs in a 7-6 loss Sunday night.

DJ LeMahieu was scored as third baseman and Tyler Wade as shortstop for Monday’s game against Minnesota. Yankees manager Aaron Boone reported that the Colombian Gio Urshela would go from anteroom to shortstop starting Tuesday night when starting a series in Baltimore.

“I feel like the tension of the last week has gotten to him,” Boone said of Torres. “It is obvious that we are at a critical point in the year.”

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