Clint Frazier, New York Yankees
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Clint Frazier is back on the field with the New York Yankees, looking to continue his breakout season in the Bronx.

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Slowly but surely, the New York Yankees held hostage on the injured list are being released back onto the field. According to MLB.com‘s Bryan Hoch, the latest bomber to receive his freedom is Clint Frazier:

Frazier has been out since spraining his ankle in a play at second base on Apr. 24. He initially indicated that he’d play through the pain, but his bosses quickly squashed that idea.

Before going down, he was giving New York a little taste of why the Yanks were willing to trade All-Star setup man Andrew Miller to snag him.

The 24-year-old is slashing a robust .324/.342/.632 with six homers and three doubles. He’s shown a real penchant for driving in runs, too, with 17 RBI in 18 games.

The slow spring that kept Frazier off the Opening Day roster is a truly distant memory, especially when you consider the Bombers’ current outfield situation.

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Aaron Judge appears to be nowhere near returning from an oblique injury. Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton are progressing, but there’s no official timeline for when they’ll take the field again.

Wildling, as Frazier dubbed himself in the offseason, is an irreplaceable outfielder and a middle-of-the-order hitter on this depleted squad. He could even be the spark the Yankees need to catch the first-place Tampa Bay Rays.

The Bombers are somehow 19-14 and only two games back in the AL East, despite their terrible luck with injuries. If Frazier keeps up his hot hitting, it’s not difficult to imagine that being instrumental in a significant winning streak.

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