Miguel Andujar has been a non-factor for the Yankees since returning to the lineup, and Aaron Boone believes it’s because the infielder is still injured.
Yankees fans were excited when Miguel Andujar returned to the lineup early after suffering a torn labrum, but he’s been a complete drag on the team. Manager Aaron Boone believes his third baseman’s injured shoulder is still wreaking havoc on his performance.
The second-year manager is anxious for Andujar to get some additional “tests/imaging” on that shoulder as quickly as attainable. It’s very seemingly that may equal one other stint on the Injured Checklist for Andujar. Time will inform whether or not or not the medical doctors finally resolve he must endure surgical procedure to restore his torn labrum.
There will be no query that one thing is amiss with final yr’s Rookie of the 12 months runner-up. He’s hitting a dismal .128 on the plate with only a single run and RBI to his credit score. That’s a far cry from the doubles machine that Andujar was for the Yankees throughout his rookie marketing campaign. He’s the closest factor the crew has to an computerized out for the time being.
There was some dialogue that Andujar could be despatched again to AAA to make room for Aaron Hicks’ return to the energetic roster however that was by no means a logical consideration for the crew’s entrance workplace. Swapping Hicks for Andujar would have left Boone quick an infield reserve. That’s why Mike Tauchman, an outfielder, was optioned again to the minors to open up a spot for Hicks in a like-for-like swap.
Anticipate the Yankees to deal with Andujar’s psychological and bodily well-being with plenty of warning within the coming weeks. The emergence of Gio Urshela as a high quality participant at third base provides the crew a respectable various to Andujar within the short-term. GM Brian Cashman and firm will use that luxurious to afford Andujar each alternative to get again to his greatest. They worth him as a long-term asset no matter how he’s performed this season.
If Andujar does go on the IL quickly, it’ll seemingly permit Tyler Wade an opportunity to return to the Main League roster. His versatility within the infield will give Boone the utmost quantity of versatility transferring ahead.
The important thing for the Yankees is to get Andujar again to his greatest. The group would love for that to occur rapidly, however the actuality is it might take fairly some time. It’s attainable 2019 is poised to go down as a misplaced season for the younger third baseman.