TAMPA — It was ruled a hit, but could have been a fielding error on Gleyber Torres.
Randal Grichuk’s hard one-hopper toward the middle in the first inning of the Yankees’ 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday afternoon at Steinbrenner Field was a play major league shortstops make, but the ball spilled out of Torres’ glove and was ruled a hit.
An inning later, Torres committed his fifth error in 10 games when he fielded Teoscar Hernandez’s leadoff grounder, threw high to first and pulled Luke Voit off the pillow.
In 77 games at short last year, scouts noted Torres’ footwork wasn’t smooth and put him in a difficult throwing position. As a result, 11 of his 20 errors were made at short. That footwork also played a role in Grichuk’s one-hopper not being fielded cleanly.
“Poor first-step reaction,’’ a scout in the seats texted The Post after the ball went in and out of Torres’ glove.
The same scout said Torres’ problem on the error was nonchalance, which was an issue last season at second and short.
Another talent evaluator watching explained the two plays.
“The first one was as if he was fighting the ball and stabbing at it,’’ the scout said. “The second one was when he has time the wheels are spinning and he doesn’t want to bounce it.’’
Aaron Boone took the bad throw for what it was, but said his level of concern about Torres at short isn’t high.
“He didn’t make a good throw [Tuesday],’’ Boone said. “I’m not worried about it, his work has been good and I think that will be something that cleans itself up as he gets more regular reps.’’
Giancarlo Stanton (strained right calf) said he hopes to run outside Wednesday or Thursday, the first time he will have done so since sustaining his injury last month. He has been throwing and hitting without difficulty, he added.
Asked if he had a timeline to rejoin the Yankees, the outfielder-designated hitter said: “No, just a couple of days at a time. Just take it day by day and keep pushing forward.”
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