FLORIDA, ST. PETERSBURG — Following a brief hiatus for a mental “reset,” Gleyber Torres, the Yankees’ second baseman, took a break from physical exertion in the two games leading up to Tuesday.

Torres, who had been dealing with tightness in his groin, made a comeback on Tuesday against the Rays, with manager Aaron Boone expressing optimism that the problem has been resolved.

“Hopefully, by ensuring he is attending to the necessary requirements in the weight room, training room, and his pregame routine, he will be adequately prepared,” stated Boone before the Yankees’ 5-3 defeat at Tropicana Field. “Hopefully, we have nipped this issue in the bud. Both times it has arisen, it has been relatively minor.”

Gleyber Torres hits an RBI single in the first inning of the Yankees’ 5-3 loss to the Rays. AP

Previously sidelined for one game last month due to the groin injury, Torres had been playing through it until he had to exit Friday’s game against the Red Sox after experiencing discomfort while sprinting to first base.

In order to ensure Torres was fully prepared, Boone decided to rest him on Saturday and Sunday, coupled with Monday’s team off day, before inserting him back into the lineup on Tuesday.

In his comeback appearance, he went 1-for-4 with an RBI single.

Boone commented, “While caution should be exercised at certain points, he should be fit to play. There may be moments where he needs to be mindful while running but, strength-wise and fitness-wise, he should be in a good place.”

Now the focus is on which iteration of Torres the Yankees will see returning to action.

The impending free agent has had a challenging season so far, but he managed an 8-for-26 (.308) performance in seven games post the consecutive games he was benched for by Boone.

Gleyber Torres tags out Jose Caballero attempting to steal second base during the first inning of the Yankees' 5-3 loss to the Rays.
Gleyber Torres tags out Jose Caballero attempting to steal second base during the first inning of the Yankees’ loss. AP

On Tuesday, GM Brian Cashman stated, “He has faced challenges. Sometimes those years when a player is about to become a free agent can prove difficult. I am uncertain if the additional pressure is affecting his performance.”

“Last season, he ranked as our second top performer after Aaron Judge and took the lead once Judge was out. His quality is undeniable. We eagerly await a positive resurgence as he has the potential to greatly influence the team lineup,” Cashman added.

Clayton Beeter, a right-hander, will be meeting with Dr. Keith Meister for a second opinion on his shoulder, which has kept him out of the game at Triple-A since mid-May.

There is a chance that Beeter may be out for the season, which would impact the depth of the Yankees’ starting pitching or present a potential late-season bullpen asset.

After the All-Star break, Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring strain) may soon be ready to return to action, according to Boone, without specifying if it would involve rehabilitation matches or official games.

Stanton sustained the injury on June 22 and aimed for a return in about four weeks, potentially by July 20.