Miguel Andujar’s injury woes continue. The New York Yankees are putting their third baseman back on the shelf.
“[We] feel like that, even though he’s passed everything and strength test has been good and rehabbed him properly, do feel like the injury is certainly a contributing factor to some of the struggles,” Boone said of Andujar via the New York Post. “I think we’ll kind of reassess all that and then try and get a plan in place as to trying to get him back.”
The severity of Andujar’s shoulder injury is still somewhat unclear. However, this move makes sense because Andujar has struggled mightily since returning from his first stint on the IL.
The third baseman was 3-for-34 in his last nine games and didn’t register an RBI or an extra-base hit. Oddly enough, the Yankees can afford to send Andujar back to the IL while the rest of the team flourishes.
Gio Urshela is holding it down at third base and Aaron Hicks’ imminent return adds another bat to the lineup. On most days now, manager Aaron Boone can opt to use Clint Frazier as a designated hitter.
As ridiculous as the Yanks’ injury woes have been, they still look like one of the best teams in baseball. They sit just one game back in the loss column behind the Tampa Bay Rays after taking two out of three at Tropicana Field.
“Next man up” is the undeniable rallying cry for the Bronx Bombers this season.