An old friend returns to the Yankees. According to YES Network’s Jack curry, the Yankees will recall Miguel Andújar from Triple-A Scranton later today. Third baseman Gio Urshela suffered a knee injury in yesterday’s game against the Astros and suffered an MRI afterward, but by Brendan Kuty of NJ.com, it doesn’t seem like serious enough to merit a stint in IL at the moment (reliever Albert Abreu will likely come down to make room). Considering that Urshela might need some time off, it certainly can’t hurt to call Andújar.
The 26-year-old has struggled since undergoing shoulder surgery that ended his 2019 season earlier. Urshela’s superior defense and overall production in Andújar’s third trip for 2020, and he’s only hit .242 / .277 / .355 with a 71 wRC + in 21 games – mostly in left field or in DH – before being sent to the alternate site for good on September 15th.
Since the end of 2020 however, Andújar has been working hard to try to get back to The Show. He hit .300 / .333 / .400 in 10 games with Toros del Este of the Dominican Winter League (LIDOM), which were in fact the first one to report the news of Andújar’s return. He hit just 0.133 in six games this spring, and after being arrested the culprit turned out to be carpal tunnel syndrome in his right wrist.
Andújar rested, recovered and began appearing in games at the Scranton alternate venue as the Yankees began their 2021 season. In addition to left field and third goal, he started playing first to increase its versatility. The minor league season kicked off on Tuesday and Andújar had a vicious streak in Scranton’s first series at Syracuse. It’s only been three games and a whole bunch of minor league pitchers are still getting rid of the rust, but it’s always been a run: 6 in 15 with 3 homers and a 0.462 / 0.467 / 1.154 triple slash. .
Andújar in fact just homered twice last night, which couldn’t have hurt the Yankees’ decision-making process. It might only be for a little while, but at least for now, he’ll have that coveted chance to see if he can show any semblance of that form of Rookie of the Year finalist from 2018. Andújar could also play a bit offscreen with the Yankees desperately seeking more production from that position (and center), given the slow starts of Clint Frazier, Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner.
The Yankees could really use another hot bat, especially with Urshela on the mend, so let’s hope Andújar’s strong Triple-A start continues into the big leagues.
After yesterday’s game, the Yankees switched to RHP Albert Abreu at Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre.
Ahead of tonight’s game, the Yankees recalled INF / OF Miguel Andújar (# 41) from Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre.
– Yankees Public Relations Department (@YankeesPR) May 7, 2021