Gleyber Torres, the Yankees’ star second baseman, prompted an audible gasp from the crowd when his right leg buckled while fielding a grounder and made an early exit Friday night as the host Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-3.
Torres said his lower legs felt weakness. Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said he expected him to be all right but pulled him as a precaution. Torres leads the Yankees, the American League East champions, with 38 home runs and is hitting .284 with 90 R.B.I.
Aaron Judge and Tyler Wade homered for the Yankees a day after they clinched the division. They are still competing for the best record in the majors and home-field advantage throughout the postseason — the Yankees and Houston each began the day with 100 wins.
Justin Smoak hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh to help Toronto match a season high with its fifth straight victory. He connected off Tommy Kahnle (3-2) as the Yankees’ bullpen wobbled in the late innings for the third time in a week.
Danny Jansen also homered for the Blue Jays. Jason Adam (2-0) won in relief, and Ken Giles closed for his 21st save in 22 chances.
Torres was shaken up in the fourth. With Cavan Biggio running from second, Torres skidded to stop a grounder up the middle by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and sprang to his feet to throw home. But his plant leg gave way, and he went down hard as Biggio scored.
The awkward tumble prompted the crowd of 45,270 to gasp, and Boone and Steve Donohue, the head athletic trainer, came out to check on Torres. After a few moments, Torres got up and stayed in through the sixth.
The Yankees have been beset by injuries this year, with several stars banged up heading into their division series opener on Oct. 4.
Yankees starter J. A. Happ allowed two runs and four hits in five and a third, giving up his 34th home run. He worked around an early triple on a fly ball misplayed by right fielder Clint Frazier.