When Miguel Andujar suffered a labrum injury to his right shoulder March 31, the Yankees said they would know in two weeks if the third baseman had healed enough to play or if season-ending surgery would be necessary.
Andujar was placed on the 10-day injured list April 1, but two weeks later the Yankees don’t have a definitive answer.
“I would say we don’t know yet. He’s down there hitting [Tuesday] and continuing to increase his throwing. I would say we’re not at the point where we know one way or the other how it’s [going],’’ manager Aaron Boone said before Tuesday’s 8-0 drubbing of the Red Sox in The Bronx. “He’s got to still build up throwing-wise, continue to gain that confidence and get to that point where we think he can really not have to get this thing fixed. I would say we are not there to answer that question yet.’’
Without Andujar, the Yankees have gone 6-9 with DJ LeMahieu starting nine games at third and Gio Urshela six. Urshela started at third base Tuesday, went 1-for-4 with a double and robbed Mookie Betts of a hit — slipping on the grass in foul territory then throwing the Red Sox leadoff hitter out from his knees.
In LeMahieu’s nine starts at third, he has hit .433 (13-for-30). In five starts Urshela has hit .333 (6-for-18). Combined they have six RBIs, but don’t provide the power or run production Andujar did last year — when he hit 27 homers, drove in 92 runs and finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year race.
As for the sterling defensive play by Urshela with the Yankees protecting a 4-0 lead, Boone was puzzled by the arm strength.
“I don’t know how he got that much on it when he slipped. He can really defend,’’ Boone said. “Watching him for a couple of weeks up close in spring training and now here early in the season it’s one of those things you can tell comes real easy to him. But that was a pretty special play. It was a heckuva play and an important play at the time.’’
With Gary Sanchez on the IL and Austin Romine banged up, Kyle Higashioka started behind the plate Saturday and Sunday. Romine returned to the lineup Tuesday.
He went 1-for-3, scored from first on Mike Tauchman’s double in the fourth and got down a sacrifice bunt in the sixth.
Guest instructor Lee Mazzilli, who was struck in the right temple by a batted ball late in spring training, was at Yankee Stadium.
Luke Voit’s third-inning RBI single extended his on-base streak to 27 games. He is hitting .297 (30-for-101) with 11 homers and 31 RBIs in that span.
Published at Wed, 17 Apr 2019 08:26:58 +0000