The New York Yankees outfield is currently decimated with injuries. Who’s to blame – the strength and conditioning staff or just a bad string of luck? Nonetheless, outfielder Clint Frazier, who was placed on the 10-day injured list, is scheduled to return for the weekend games.
Frazier sprained his ankle and didn’t believe for it to be serious until it continued to bother him forcing him out for a week and a half. The speedy hitter was having a tremendous start to the season at the plate, earning a .324 batting average with 22 hits and 6 homers.
Having his offensive production back but also defensive abilities will be huge for the ailing team.
New York Yankees: Clintz Frazier is nearly back
According to NJ.com, Frazier ran nine 60-yard springs and participated in drills which included sudden stops and short bursts. He stated that he didn’t seem to have any problems with his ankle and should be good to go soon.
In addition to Clint, third baseman Miguel Andujar has been playing in the minor leagues regaining his form. He seems to be nearing a return after a potential season-ending injury scare. A small tear in his labrum was cause for concern, but he is making impressive progress through rehab.
On Wednesday, Andujar went 1-for-4 with two RBI’s for the High-A Tampa team. However, fellow rehabbing teammate, Troy Tulowitzki, suffered a setback with his calf and will likely take a bit more time to make a return.
I imagine the Yankees will proceed with caution if they pull Andujar back up to the majors. They will consider utilizing him as a designated hitter while he gauges his shoulder movement. He’s not yet proven he can make the throws from third base across the diamond, but the Yanks could surely use his offensive capabilities.