The New York Yankees have slowly gotten healthier, and now Clint Frazier is next to come off the disabled list.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) May 15, 2018
To make room for Frazier, the team designated pitcher David Hale for assignment.
Frazier makes his return to the big leagues after battling a concussion he suffered right at the beginning of Spring Training. He would go on to miss all of Spring Training thanks to that concussion.
It took Frazier until the beginning of April to get back into a game. Following a simulated game on April 5, Frazier would begin his rehab assignment where he absolutely raked. He hit .362 in 12 games with Scranton which included three home runs, two triples, and three doubles.
With the struggles of Brett Gardner throughout the last couple of weeks, fans had been calling for the Yankees to make a move. The fact of the matter is that Gardner is a veteran and longtime Yankee, he will be given all the time he needs to get out of this funk he is in.
Frazier returns to the big leagues after making his debut with the Yankees during the 2017 season. In 39 games, he hit just .231 with four home runs driving in 17 RBI. He took the Bronx by storm with his energy a year ago, and the Yankees will be looking for that in his cup of coffee with the team this year.
However, general manager Brian Cashman does not think that Frazier will be on the roster for the long term.
Brian Cashman said Clint Frazier’s call-up could be a short term situation to get through the Interleague games. Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner are seen as the centerfielders, and Cashman would prefer to carry an extra pitcher.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) May 15, 2018
Frazier is not in the Yankees lineup for their game against the Washington Nationals Tuesday night, but he will be available off the bench. Since this is an interleague game, it is more than likely that Frazier will get a chance to swing the bat one more time in Pinstripes this season.