Gleyber Torres back in Yankees lineup, Clint Frazier sits

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Just as the Yankees got Gleyber Torres back off the COVID injured list, they’re dealing with yet another potential injury, as Clint Frazier sat out Wednesday with a stiff neck issue.

The struggling Frazier mentioned the neck discomfort for the first time on Tuesday, which Aaron Boone said was a planned off day.

The manager said it’s unclear whether it’s related to the terrific diving catch Frazier made in right field at Camden Yards on Sunday.

“We’re looking into all that,’’ Boone said. “He’s been getting treatment and different testing.”

Frazier took part in pregame activities before the Yankees faced the Rangers at Globe Life Field on Wednesday.

With Frazier out, Ryan LaMarre started in right field again, with Boone opting to keep Aaron Judge as the DH and Miguel Andujar in left field.

Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier
Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier
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It’s yet another rough patch for Frazier, who the Yankees expected to break out after a promising 2020 season.

Instead, Frazier has disappointed at the plate, which has added to the Yankees’ issues in the outfield, as Aaron Hicks has been out with a torn sheath in his left wrist and Brett Gardner has also had a rough early part of the season.

With the trade of Mike Tauchman to the Giants in exchange for left-hander Wandy Peralta, the Yankees don’t have the outfield depth they did to begin the season.

Frazier had two hits — including a homer — in that Sunday game against the Orioles, but went hitless with a pair of strikeouts in Monday’s loss to the Rangers on Monday before getting the night off Tuesday.

Boone said Frazier was getting a “battery of tests” to determine the extent and cause of the injury.

Torres’ return came after he’d been out since May 11. He was activated off the IL after doing baseball activities at the player development complex in Tampa on Monday and Tuesday after being under quarantine there since his positive test.

Torres is so far the only player to test positive, but the Yankees are still missing pitching coach Matt Blake, first base coach Reggie Willits and third base coach Phil Nevin, as well as five other unnamed staff members of their traveling party.

To make room for Torres’ return to the roster, Rougned Odor was placed on the paternity IL after his wife gave birth to a girl.

Odor starred against his former team in Tuesday’s win over the Rangers after his return from the 10-day IL with a sprained left knee. Odor had two hits and made a pair of superb plays at second base.

Since he lives in Texas, Odor is expected to be back with the team for Thursday’s series finale against the Rangers, so the Yankees will have to make an additional roster move.

With Torres back at shortstop, the Yankees had the infield they expected to have for most of the season, with Luke Voit at first base, DJ LeMahieu at second and Gio Urshela at third.

They had been able to use it just once this season before Wednesday, as all four started on May 11 — Torres’ final game before being sidelined by COVID.

“We’re glad to have him back,’’ Boone said of Torres, who has been in a funk offensively for most of the season, but had shown signs of life prior to being sidelined.

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