Depending on the outcome of Gio Urshela’s MRI on his injured knee, the New York Yankees could be very shorthanded before Luke Voit’s return, which could come at some point next week. Rougned Odor is also on the shelf, and things could get ugly depth-wise.
As the Yankees try to navigate the situation, and hoping that Urshela’s absence isn’t too long, they do have an infielder who is off to a fast start in Triple-A, and he happens to be an old friend and a known face: Miguel Andujar.
Andujar is not nearly the defender Urshela is, but he could be an option as an emergency third baseman for a few days, and he sure is off to a hot start with Scranton.
The Yankees’ infielder had a night to remember
Last night, the Yankees’ former third baseman of the future socked two home runs in the Rail Riders 17-11 victory over Syracuse. It should be noted, though, that one of the dingers came off a position player pitching.
In total, Andujar finished the night 4-for-5 with two long balls and three RBI, playing first and third base for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate.
In three games so far in the 2021 season, Andujar is hitting .462, with three homers and five RBI.
It’s too early to say if he is back to the form that made him the AL Rookie of the Year’s runner-up in 2018, when he hit 27 home runs, but it sure looks like it in the extremely small sample at our disposal.
Andujar’s career with the Yankees was derailed by a torn labrum surgery in early 2019, and at the same time, Urshela appeared as an above-average third baseman both offensively and defensively and practically ran away with the gig.
But Andujar is still young and could salvage his career with a strong showing in the 2021 campaign.