After missing pretty much the entire season last year, New York Yankees’ young star Miguel Andujar is expected to have a solid comeback season. Andujar had to undergo season-ending surgery last year after suffering an injury to his right shoulder. After rehabbing all last year and working on his game during the offseason, Andujar is ready to go and continue off his great 2018 rookie campaign.
Andujar has also been trying out new positions to see if the Yankees can move him around. He’s been down in Tampa for some time now getting reps in. “He looks a lot better than the first few weeks he was there,” bench coach Carlos Mendoza said last week. “Itâ€™s a lot for him right now. Heâ€™s working his tail off, not only at all three positions but taking care of his arm. Thatâ€™s part of the rehab. Even though heâ€™s fully recovered, it needs maintenance, so he does shoulder exercises.”
Here’s a video of Andujar working out in left field down at the Yankees’ training complex in Tampa:
Hereâ€™s your first look at Miguel Andujar in the outfield: pic.twitter.com/Et35gikDVe
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) February 7, 2020
The Yankees have been trying Andujar out at different positions after general manager Brian Cashman came out and said third base is Gio Urshela’s position to lose. First base and the outfield spots are a possibility for Andujar this season. Very unlikely he ends up in left field, but it doesn’t hurt to at least get some reps in out there.
In 2018, Andujar batted .297 with 27 home runs and 92 runs batted in. His bat is his biggest strength so if Andujar doesn’t find a defensive position, he’ll definitely be in the DH spot for most of the games.