"It's a joke that he's not on that team," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said before his team's Subway Series meeting with the crosstown New York Mets on Wednesday. "Gleyber Torres not an All-Star? You can kick rocks on that one. That's ridiculous."
Torres, who was selected to his first All-Star Game last year as part of a strong rookie season, still remains off this year's team despite other infielders being recently added to it as injury replacements.
Earlier Wednesday, Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe, Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts and Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios were the three additions the AL team made to account for injuries to players previously voted into the game.
Notably, Lowe replaced Los Angeles Angels infielder Tommy La Stella, who broke his right tibia when he fouled a ball off his shin Tuesday night. Lowe also suffered a leg bruise in his own game for Tampa Bay on Tuesday and is day-to-day.
"It would be a great opportunity to go to the All-Star Game, but if I don't have the opportunity to go, I will take that day for rest," Torres said after the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Mets on Wednesday. "For sure, I've got more opportunities to go another year. It's not a big deal to me."
Torres said he was surprised when he wasn't initially voted into the game, and did admit that he's using this snub as motivation.
"This year, I put really better numbers [than last year] and I don't go, it's kind of weird," Torres said. "But I don't control that. Just prepare a little better next year and try to make the team. It's no big deal."
Although there still is a chance Torres gets added to the AL's roster with the possibility of other currently unforeseen injuries, Boone believes his middle infielder is more than deserving of being in the Midsummer Classic lineup.
"He's been unbelievable for us," Boone said. "First-place club, the offensive consistency he's had, the power, the on-base, the playing both positions in the middle infield. Yeah, it doesn't seem right to me that he isn't on that team."
Torres entered Wednesday batting .295 with 19 home runs, 48 RBI and a .907 OPS. In the field, he's played both second base and shortstop this season. He played the latter until mid-May, when Didi Gregorius finally returned from his rehab following offseason Tommy John surgery.
Since Gregorius' return, Torres has been at second base, helping form a tandem that has pulled off its share of stupefying double plays.
"Look, I know there's all kind of players and coaches vote and fan voting, and sometimes that ends a few weeks ago, and obviously every team needs to be represented," Boone said. "I understand there's a lot of moving parts that make [voting players into the game] difficult, and ultimately every year you're going to have guys that are certainly deserving that don't get in that game.
"But the Gleyber one is one of those that's a head-scratcher for me."