Another day, another worrying health situation for the Yankees . Second Founder Gleyber Torres left the team game against Toronto on Friday after slipping on the field grass and potentially getting a right knee injury (video via MLB.com). Initially, Torres remained in the game after falling in the fourth inning, but the Yankees eliminated him after the sixth. Star injuries were one of the highlights of the Yankees' season, but they kept everyone on track for 100 wins and the US Eastern League Championship. The Yankees are still playing for the home side throughout the postseason and will obviously be aiming for a World Series title after the playoffs. With that in mind, New York can afford to lose one of the best average baseball players in the 22-year-old Torres. [ Update: Torres "Feel a slight weakness in his lower legs," said Aaron Boone manager Brian Hoch of MLB.com and other reporters. It will be verified on Saturday.]
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- Rob Longley from the profiles of the Toronto Sun Justin Smoke evolution into a club leader and mentor for the Blue Jays wave of talent . Cavan Biggio and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. are among teammates who give praise for Smoak and the impact he already has on their young careers. "He is a person who has a connection with every person in this locker room, whether they are up or down or playing every day," Bigio says of Smoak, "It just goes to show how much he emphasizes that he is a good teammate and just shows what kind of person he is. " Smoak admires the 2015-16 playoffs and discusses how he and his family came to regard Toronto as a second home, though it also sounds like a veteran who recognizes what is written on the wall. MLBTR examines the 2019 waiting free agent season early on Friday.
- The Rays are likely to activate right-hander Yoni Kirinos from the list of victims on Sunday, Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times Tweets. Kirinos has been a startup for most of the year (solid in that), but he will work as a relief for at least the early part of his return, according to Topkin. The rays are without Kirinos since they placed him in the IL on August 5 with a sore middle finger on his arm.
- Red Red Sox is "likely" to shut down early hitter Michael Chavis down the season, to Steve Hewitt of the Boston Herald . Chavis will then take the field during the winter ball in Puerto Rico, Hewitt added. The oblique tension escaped 22-year-old Chavis from the Aug. 11 action, and it looks like his rookie campaign will end with a .254 / .322 / .444 line and 18 home runs in 382 plate belts.  Blue Jays Secondary Law in the League Louis Kinones received a suspension of 80 games after trying positive for Nandrolone-enhancing drugs John Lot of The Athletic . The ban comes into effect early in the 2020 season. The 21-year-old Quinones was selected by the Jays 34th round last June, which gave stellar results in 36 2/3 innings between rookie and low A. He ended his first professional season with 2.95 ERA and 14.0 K / 9 and 4.7 BB / 9.