The signs that Gleyber Torres could start ‘really popping’ and join the Yankees’ surge

Aaron Boone had brushed off Gleyber Torres’ slow start to the season multiple times over the past week whenever he was given the chance.

But the Yankees second baseman was still 0-for-3 with three strikeouts Wednesday — and batting .197 on the young season — when he came to the plate in the ninth inning of a game the Yankees trailed by a run.

What followed may have been merely getting the monkey off his back for a day, or perhaps it was the first step toward getting as hot as Boone believes he will. Either way, Torres’ single roped to left field that gave way to a game-winning rally provided a chance to exhale.

“Offensively, I don’t worry about Gleyber,” Boone said after the 6-4 win over the Blue Jays, repeating a phrase he had used in some form on various occasions in recent days.