Everything has been going on a downward spiral for Miguel Andujar since he injured his shoulder in 2019. That torn labrum took away most of the 2019 campaign and could have sapped some of his power last year, too. It has been quite the fall from the former New York Yankeesâ€™ top prospect that finished as the runner-up in the 2018 AL Rookie of the Year voting behind Shohei Ohtani, with a .297/.328/.527 line, 27 homers, and 92 RBI.
Already on the roster bubble because, in great part, of his defensive limitations and the fact that he hasnâ€™t been able to show the same offensive talent the whole league saw three years ago, his chances of making the Yankees got even slimmer on Sunday morning.
Andujar has been dealing with wrist and hand soreness for a while, and will be seeing a hand specialist on Monday, according to Yankees manager Aaron Boone.
Andujar is on the Yankeesâ€™ roster bubble, and this doesnâ€™t help
To be more specific, Boone said that Andujar felt the soreness back when he was playing with Toros del Este in the Dominican winter league, but didnâ€™t think it was serious until he felt more soreness recently.
Regardless of what the hand specialist thinks about Andujarâ€™s injury, the Yankees donâ€™t have a clear spot for Andujar to play regularly and one could even argue that they donâ€™t have space for him in the roster given the incredible depth they boast and the emergence of spring training standouts like pitcher Lucas Luetge, infielder Andrew Velazquez, outfielder Jay Bruce, and others.
Last season, the New York Yankees prepared Miguel Andujar to be super utility type for the corners (first base, third base, left and right field) but he ended up playing in just 21 games and spent the majority of the season at the Yankeesâ€™ alternate training site.