Struggling Gleyber Torres gets big hit in return to Yankees’ lineup

SEATTLE — Gleyber Torres returned to the Yankees lineup after missing Tuesday’s game with hamstring discomfort and the struggling shortstop came through with a two-run single in the first inning of the Yankees’ 5-4 win over the Mariners at T-Mobile Park on Wednesday night.

Before the game, Aaron Boone said he would monitor Torres after he first started dealing with the cramping during Sunday’s doubleheader against the Mets in The Bronx.

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“We do feel it’s something minor,’’ Boone said.

Torres entered Wednesday without an extra-base hit since June 13 — a span of 16 games. He had gone 6-for-54 with 10 walks, 18 strikeouts and an OPS of just .361.

After his first-inning hit, Torres flied to the track in center in the second and grounded out in the fifth.

With the Yankees ahead by a run and Giancarlo Stanton on second in the seventh, Torres again sent one to the track in center, where Taylor Trammell caught up to it.

Gleyber Torres
Gleyber Torres
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“He swung the bat really well,’’ Boone said.

Tim Locastro doubled in consecutive innings and has three runs, a walk and an RBI in his last two games as he continues to provide a spark since arriving in a trade from Arizona last week.

“That’s an athlete,’’ Aaron Judge said of Locastro, who started in left field Wednesday, but also provides an option in center, where the Yankees have lacked depth since losing Aaron Hicks to season-ending wrist surgery.

Zack Britton threw a bullpen session Tuesday and came through it well, Boone said. The next step is for the left-handed reliever to throw live batting practice against hitters before being activated. Britton was placed on the 10-day IL on June 26 with a left hamstring strain.

The Yankees seemingly will be without reliever Darren O’Day for a while. He suffered what Boone termed a “significant” hamstring injury during his pregame warmups on Tuesday.

Clint Frazier (vertigo) remains at home in New York and continues to go through a battery of tests. So far, the results have been “encouraging,” according to Boone.

Frazier was placed on the IL on Friday after complaining of dizziness. Frazier had dealt with concussion issues in past seasons.

“Trying to leave no stone unturned,” Boone said. “We continue to get encouraging news back, as far as a lot of the serious things [that could be the problem]. He’s gone through pretty extensive testing, and we’re getting good news on that.”

With Jordan Montgomery set to start Thursday’s series finale, the Yankees still are unsure of who will start Friday against the Astros in Houston.

Boone listed Nestor Cortes Jr. and Michael King as options, depending on who’s used before the series.

After Luke Voit’s first career five-hit game on Tuesday, the first baseman singled in his first two at-bats Wednesday.

Sidelined by a torn meniscus in his left knee that led to surgery in spring training and a right oblique strain that also landed him on the IL, Voit has hardly looked like the player who led the majors in home runs last season.

Voit has also hit the ball to the opposite field less this year than at any other point in his career and both Boone and Voit noted for him to be successful, he can’t get pull-happy.

The lack of home runs has been especially noticeable. His home run/fly ball rate has gone from 34.9 percent a year to 13 percent this season, according to Fangraphs. And Voit has made less hard contact than at any point of his career.

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