The injury bug is slowly starting to take shape for the New York Yankees this spring, as Zack Britton will miss a few weeks needing arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone chip from his elbow. Clarke Schmidt is already dealing with a minor injury that should keep them out for a few more days, and now Miguel Andujar is dealing with a sore hand and wrist.
Andujar is trying to conform to a specific role on the team, primarily as a utility player that can play in the outfield, third base, and first base. Andujar simply isnâ€™t defensively proficient in any specific category, with his offensive attributes keeping him afloat at the major-league level.
An inopportune time for Miguel Andujar to pick up an injury with the Yankees:
“Heâ€™s dealing with a sore hand and wrist,” Boone said. “Think heâ€™s seeing a hand specialist tomorrow along with [Robinson] Chirinos to really get a diagnosis of exactly whatâ€™s going on there. Weâ€™ve held him back because heâ€™s been dealing with a sore wrist and hand and weâ€™ll know more about probably tomorrow or Tuesday.â€
“Something he felt a little in winter ball. He took a swing and itâ€™s kinda calmed down and heâ€™s obviously playing and fine,” Boone said. “Then, he noticed it in his last game he played. It just got a little more sore again. So weâ€™ve kinda been treating it here these last several days.â€
Last season with the Bombers, Miggy recorded a .242 average with one HR and five RBIs. He struggled significantly to get things going over a small sample size, but with the MLB projected to play all 162 games, the Yankees will likely need Andujar to keep fatigue down.
Gary Sanchez’s resurgence has teammates raving:
The return of Gary Sanchez is one of the more exciting storylines this season. So far, the spring, Sanchez is batting .278 with three homers and three RBIs. Heâ€™s looked far more comfortable at the plate and has taken a more aggressive role with his defense and adjusting to the new pitchers the Yankees added this off-season. His work ethic canâ€™t be questioned, and that has excited some of his fellow teammates.
â€œI think heâ€™s been unbelievable,â€™â€™ Higashioka said Saturday of his fellow catcher.
â€œItâ€™s really good to see him swinging the bat well again,â€™â€™ Higashioka said. â€œLast year was definitely tough for him â€” and everyone â€” because we all want to see him do well.â€
Considering a Hihashioka is his direct competition, it is nice to see how much of a team player he is. Sanchez looks more comfortable at the plate and has been rewarded with confidence-inspiring words from his teammates and coaches. Personally, I believe Sanchezâ€™s struggles are mostly mental and not physical, so going into the regular season with some motivation will do him well.