New York Yankees: An old friend returns to Yankee Stadium tonight

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

According to YES Network’s Jack Curry, the New York Yankees are calling up Miquel Andujar to possibly replace Gio Urshela at third base tonight when the Yankees meet up the Washington Nationals at Yankee Stadium. Urshela injured his knee making a diving catch at third base last night. After the amazing catch and failed throw to first base’s Mike Ford, Urshela remained on his knee, although he usually recovers from this type of dives immediately. He was removed from the game and sent for an MRI.

It appears the injury is not serious and he will be day to day possibly avoiding the IL. But he may not play during this weekend series. The Yankees will send down Albert Abreu or Micheal King to make room for Andujar on the roster. The New York Yankee fans may be surprised to find out that Andujar has done very well in the first games of the minor league season at Scranton Wilkes/Barre.

EmpireSportsMedia.com’s own Andres Chevez reported on Miguel Andujar’s progress:

“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.”

Miquel Enrique Andujar was born on March 2, 1995, in San Cristobal, the Dominican Republic. He played baseball in the sandlots near his home. He was seen by a Yankee scout that was impressed with his hitting. The Yankees signed Miggy to a minor league contract at the age of just 16 in 2011. After a short time at the Yankees training facility in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, he was sent to Florida. In 2012, he made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Yankees.

Andujar spent until 2018 in the minor leagues, where he honed his skills. At the beginning of the 2018 season, he was with the Scranton Rail Riders, but he made his major league debut on  April 1, 2018. He hit his first major league home run on April 17. On April 23, Andújar hit a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins, marking his 7th consecutive game with an extra-base hit. On June 5, he hit his first major league Grand Slam. On September 29, Andujar hit his 45th double of the season, breaking the Yankees’ record for most doubles by a rookie, previously held by Joe DiMaggio.

Andujar was well on his way to becoming the next big Yankee star even though he wasn’t the best of defenders at the hot corner. April 1, 2019, he injured his shoulder and was put on the 10 day IL. On April 30, he was sent to the Florida Tarpons to rehab, on May 4th, he was reactivated, but he again injured the shoulder on the 13th. On the 21st, he was transferred from the 10 day to the 60 day IL due to a torn Labrum, which caused him to have season-ending surgery.

Meanwhile, the New York Yankees needed a third baseman and brought up Gio Urshela from Scranton. Urshela quickly became admired for his Gold Glove-like performance at the hot corner. Quickly thereafter, he became a star at the plate. When Andujar finally returned, he had lost his job at third, and the Yankees really had no place to put him. They tried different positions; he ended up playing in only 21 games during the 2020 season.

After a nothing special performance this spring training and still no viable position options, he didn’t make the Yankees starting roster. Instead, he was sent down to the alternate site to wait for the beginning of the minor league season. In his first game, he played in the outfield and the last two games at third base. Now, although it may be brief, Miguel Andujar will have the chance to show the Yankees he can still be valuable to them.

Yankees’ Miguel Andujar is off to an impressive start in Triple-A

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

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.

New York Yankees: The latest injury updates on 8 Yankees

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The New York Yankees have had injuries in the spring and before, but have been relatively free of serious injuries that will keep players off the field for prolonged periods. The only serious injury is Luis Severino that was caused by his Tommy John Surgery at the beginning of last season. Here is a breakdown of the injuries and the latest updates for New York Yankee players and when fans could expect them back with the team.

Luis Severino:

On February 27, 2020, Luis Severino underwent Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow. At the time, it was projected he would be away from the team until late summer 2021. That would include a few minor league rehab starts. But recently, manager Aaron Boone has updated his progress, say that he is doing better than expected in his rehab. Boone has actually caught a session from Severino. He is now expected to be back with the team sometime in mid-July.

Miguel Andujar:

Third baseman and outfielder Miguel Andujar has minor hand and wrist soreness that will keep him away from the team at the beginning of the season and with a difficult-to-diagnose injury, possibly beyond. After his poor showing in spring training, when he does come back, he will most likely be sent down to Scranton and won’t be used unless injuries require him.

Luke Voit:

The loss of last year’s baseball home run leader is one of the most significant injuries so far in the spring. Voit had knee surgery yesterday in New York. It was first noticed when he had trouble running the bases. An MRI revealed a partial meniscus tear. He is expected to be away from the team at least until the middle of May.

Justin Wilson:

Left-hand pitcher Justin Wilson was supposed to partially make of for the loss of Zack Britton; he left a March 22 outing with shoulder soreness and tightness. An MRI did not find any serious injury. He is on Anti-inflammatories but will miss the beginning of the season, which is on Thursday of this week. Wilson is progressing nicely and doesn’t want to be in the IL; however, general manager Brian Cashman announced yesterday that he would start the season on the 10 day IL. He will probably return when that expires.

Zack Britton:

It was discovered that left-hand reliever Zack Britton has a bone chip in his elbow. He underwent surgery to have it removed on March 15. There is conflicting information on when fans may expect him to return. Some say six weeks; others say two to three months. Based on the worst-case scenarios, he will be back with the team sometime before the end of June. CBS Sports reports that he won’t be back before May 28th.

Mike Tauchman:

Backup outfielder Mike Tauchman is suffering from a mild self-inflicted injury. Tauchman fouled a pitch off his lower right leg, near his calf, during an eight-pitch at-bat against Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler on Sunday. He is presently icing it down and taking anti-inflammatories. The injury is minor, but his readiness for opening day is questionable.

Clarke Schmidt:

The news on Clarke Schmidt’s elbow injury is not good. He experienced an extensor strain in his right elbow; it’s a common ailment and not long-term serious. Manager Aaron Boone said Thursday that Schmidt’s return to throwing could be “imminent.” However, no matter how minor, he will have to build back up for season play, and he is expected to be out until May 31 after being put on the 60-day IL on Saturday.

Aaron Judge:

Fans were wondering why Aaron Judge was not in yesterday’s New York Yankee’s game after also missing the game before. The good news is that there is nothing seriously wrong with the slugger. He is under the weather. He has gone through the COVID health protocols and has passed those. Both general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone said he would be ready to start the season on Thursday. Other sources say that is questionable.

 

 

Yankees News: Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar injury update, Domingo German on fire

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

The New York Yankees are dealing with a few injuries, thankfully most of their star players are fully healthy and prepared for the start of the 2021 season on April 1. However, players like Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, and Zack Britton are all fighting to regain their health.

Multiple injury updates for the Yankees:

Luis Severino update:

Severino has been making good progress on his return from Tommy John surgery. He has pitched in two bullpen sessions this spring, and everything went well, according to the coaching staff and Severino himself. In fact, he’s gearing up to take the next step forward, throwing the breaking ball.

“I just want to know,” Severino told on Monday. “I want to start throwing breaking pitches and see how it feels, not just the same day but the next day to see how my arm recovers from throwing those pitches.”

Severino last pitched a full season back in 2018, when he earned a 3.39 ERA over 191.1 innings. Over the last two years, he’s only featured in 12 innings, making an appearance in the latter portion of the 2019 season before tearing a ligament in his elbow last spring.

Miguel Andujar update:

Andujar is dealing with a sore wrist and hand, something that has been bothering him since the winter league. As he fights to make the active roster and land a depth spot, missing time is not exactly what the 26-year-old needs currently. After having a troublesome 2020 campaign where he hit just .242 with one homer and five RBIs, he’s looking for a bounce-back season offensively.

Manager Aaron Boone didn’t seem too optimistic with Andujar and his hand injury, stating that they will monitor the issue and it could keep them out for a few weeks.

“Andjuar is dealing with a muscle strain in his hand that they are going to continue to treat,” Boone said. “He’s got a little bit of a nerve issue there that they’re going to monitor and follow and try to get their arms around, too. But mostly just dealing with a muscle strain that they’re treating in the hand.”

Domingo German on FIRE:

New York Yankees: 7 Yankee player injury updates

Since the beginning of spring training, the New York Yankees have been blessed with no major injuries to keep players out for the whole season. Although that is good news compared to the last two seasons, the Yankees have not been unscathed. Here are the most recent updates on the Yankee injured players.

Clarke Schmidt:

Schmidt vying for a place in the starting rotation, was hit early in spring training with bad news on that front. He was the first Yankee to suffer an injury in spring training. Schmidt suffered a common extensor strain. No matter how common he will miss significant time. Aaron Boone said that he is making satisfactory progress over the weekend but is still at least a week away from starting to throw again. Once he starts that, a better prediction can be made when he will pitch against live batters.

Zack Britton:

There have been quite a few minor injuries to players this spring training, but nothing compared to the last two seasons. The most devastating blow to the New York Yankees was when Zack Britton developed soreness in his elbow after a bullpen session. He had an MRI, and it was determined that surgery would be necessary to remove a bone chip from this throwing elbow.

This is particularly devasting due to the loss of Tommy Kahnle to the Dodgers. The Yankee did acquire Darren O’Day to ease the loss of Kahnle, but it made Britton’s role in the bullpen even more important as he would be the key setup man for Aroldis Chapman, even closing some games. Although it is unclear, the surgery is expected to occur today in New York by team surgeon Dr. Christopher Ahmad. He will be shut down for a month to six weeks and will have to build back up, making his return to the team sometime in late May or June.

Luis Severino:

Severino pitched in only three games in 2019 ( ERA 1.50) before needing Tommy John surgery; he lost the rest of the season and all of 2020. Now rehabbing, he is expected to rejoin the team in June or July. The recent reports on his progress are encouraging. Over the weekend, Severino, who has been throwing off the flat, took his first pitches off the mound. Bullpen coach Harkey said that Severino has been “working his tail off” to get back to form. Harkey believes he will be 100% upon his return.

Michael Beltre:

Beltre left Friday’s game against Pittsburgh with a hamstring injury, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reported. The severity of the injury is not known as he consults with team doctors. Beltre posted a .637 OPS in the minors in 2019. So far this season, he had a hit in 11 plate appearances hoping to make the team. Rehab time for hamstring injuries is hard to predict. He could be back next week, or his spring training could be over; it sometimes takes a couple of months to recover fully according to the injury’s severity.

Robinson Chirinos:

With the loss of backup catcher Erik Kratz to retirement, the Yankees needed another catcher. They solved that with the signing of veteran catcher Robinson Chirinos. He has been playing and catching well, but now all his plans are on hold due to getting hit by a pitch last Wednesday. He is consulting with specialists to determine if he will need surgery. If he does, he will be out for some time.

Miguel Andujar:

In May of 2019, Andujar had season-ending surgery on his shoulder for the budding Yankee star. The Yankees needed a replacement at the hot corner, and they brought up Gio Urshela to fill in, a move that would prove unfortunate for Miguel. Urshela was so good he became the Yankees’ permanent third baseman. Last season he fought his way back even though the Yankees had no place for him, and that continued this spring training as he tried to gain a spot in the lineup. All of that is in question with an odd wrist and hand soreness that has become more intense in spring training. Now he is enlisting the services of a hand specialist. With this type of injury, there is no way to tell how long he will be away from the team.

Aaron Boone:

Over the offseason and particularly at the beginning of spring training, New York Yankee manager Aaron Boone felt punk, just not right. At the start of spring training, Boone noticed bouts of being tired and labored breathing. He consulted with doctors, and it was determined that his heart was beating too slowly and would require a pacemaker to correct the deficiency. In his second week with the pacemaker, the good news is that he back with the team and is feeling great, better than in years.

Although not injured, I have to mention that the New York Yankees have to be encouraged that both Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon seem very healthy and are performing as advertised. The Yankees took a big risk, hiring Kluber and trading for Taillon; both had not pitched for over a year due to injury and surgery.

Yankees News: Injury bug strikes Miguel Andujar, Gary Sanchez ‘unbelievable’

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

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 isn’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:

“He’s dealing with a sore hand and wrist,” Boone said. “Think he’s seeing a hand specialist tomorrow along with [Robinson] Chirinos to really get a diagnosis of exactly what’s going on there. We’ve held him back because he’s been dealing with a sore wrist and hand and we’ll know more about probably tomorrow or Tuesday.”

Andujar needs every rap he can get the spring to guarantee a spot on the roster, so this is a significant hit for the 26-year-old. He’s been feeling this injury for a few months already, indicating he’s simply played through it.

“Something he felt a little in winter ball. He took a swing and it’s kinda calmed down and he’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 we’ve kinda been treating it here these last several days.”

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. He’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 can’t be questioned, and that has excited some of his fellow teammates.

“I think he’s been unbelievable,’’ Higashioka said Saturday of his fellow catcher.

“It’s really good to see him swinging the bat well again,’’ Higashioka said. “Last year was definitely tough for him — and everyone — because we all want to see him do well.”

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 Sanchez’s struggles are mostly mental and not physical, so going into the regular season with some motivation will do him well.

Yankees News: Miguel Andujar’s role for 2021, could he be traded?

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

With spring training just three days away, the New York Yankees still have a few moves left to make before they can feel confident with their roster. With position battles expected to take place, primarily within their depth spots, it should be an exciting spring. However, there are a few players left in limbo who have yet to realize their future.

One player who doesn’t have a defined role for the 2021 season is infielder Miguel Andujar. At 25 years old, Andujar is coming off a disappointing performance in 2020, where he hit .242 with one homer and five RBIs. His defense was a liability, as the Yankees attempted to insert him at the left-field position, which failed miserably.

He seems to be more of a utility player at this point in time, as the Yankees feel their starting roster is all but set. Clint Frazier has cemented himself in LF, and Andujar is still trying to carve out a spot on the roster.

That doesn’t mean Andujar should be forgotten about, as he still provides offensive value and represents a fantastic option if injuries do arise. The Yankees have dealt with significant injury problems over the last few years, and having a player of his magnitude to pull up at any moment is a huge positive.

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Andujar could be used as a filler in multiple spots:

With Gio Urshela recovering from offseason surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow, Andújar figures to receive most of the early reps at third base, as Urshela might not play in an exhibition game until the second week of March. That will provide Andújar with a chance to showcase his talents, not only for the Yankees, but also for the other 29 clubs.

If Andújar is on the Opening Day roster, his role is likely similar to what it was in 2020 — a backup at the infield corners and an occasional fill-in in outfield corners. Andújar could see time at designated hitter as well, of course, though that still seems to be Giancarlo Stanton’s full-time gig.

Andujar’s last successful season came in 2018 when he was a rookie. Over 606 plate appearances, he hit 27 homers and 92 RBIs. He finished with a 2.97 BA and 2.8 WAR. His influence was impactful, leading the Yankees to believe he could be their third baseman of the future. It wasn’t until Gio Urshela replaced him due to a shoulder injury that the Bombers finally realized what they were missing — an elite defensive presence on the hot corner.

There’s always the possibility that Miguel could be traded, especially if general manager Brian Cashman is looking to inject another quality relief pitcher into the bullpen. If I were the Yankees, I wouldn’t be actively seeking a trade, but if another team appears interested, it can’t hurt to kick the tires.

The Yankees still have one significant trade asset to continue bolstering pitching

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

The New York Yankees could still yet make another move this off-season, despite acquiring several players to help bolster their pitching. The starting rotation added two new faces, Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon, while the bullpen added Darren O’Day, formally of the Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles.

Despite Brian Cashman supplementing losses this off-season, he took a few major risks on players that are rehabilitating from serious injuries. He even acknowledged how risky his approach was, but management encouraged him to stay beneath the $210 million luxury tax threshold, so we should expect similar moves in the coming weeks.

Nonetheless, the Yankees still have ammunition if they are looking to make another trade. Supplemental player Miguel Andujar, who is just 25 years old and controlled until 2025, makes for a quality asset. If the Yankees are looking to acquire another starting pitcher or add to their bullpen, moving Andujar could be a beneficial move.

The New York Yankees could still try and sell on Andujar’s potential:

Recently, Andujar switched agents, as even he might be looking to move teams and acquire more starting time. This past season, the Yankees try to transition him to the outfield, but that experiment ended poorly. He also struggled offensively, hitting .242 with just one homer and five RBIs. Since his illustrious 2018 season when he finished with a .297 average and 27 HRs, Andujar spent the last two years fighting and clawing his way back. He tore his labrum in 2019, which shut him down early and ultimately allowed the Yankees to inject Gio Urshela into his previous position, who has locked down the hot corner since.

Unless the Yankees feel confident Andujar can end up playing a role in the infield, they might be better off moving him for a pitcher. They have plenty of depth in the infield currently, and with Clint Frazier arising in the outfield, Andujar has become expendable.

New York Yankees News/Rumors: Clint Frazier colorfully denies trade rumors

New York Yankees, Clint Frazier

It was a weekend filled with trade rumors for the New York Yankees, some more possible than others. Most of these involve the Cincinnati Red’s, Luis Castillo. One Yankee, Clint Frazier, was mentioned being traded for the Red’s pitcher. Very late last night Frazier had enough and posted to his Twitter account just before midnight, “I’m not fuckin leaving.” He did it uniquely; he tweeted a scene from the “Wolf of Wall Street” where Leonardo DiCaprio shouts out the same expletive.

This writer takes Clint Frazier at his word. In the past two seasons, Frazier has made himself very valuable to the Yankees both behind the plate and in the outfield, being first in line to replace injured Yankee outfielders who have been many. In addition to that, the New York Yankees have just awarded Frazier a $2.1 million one-year contract avoiding arbitration.

It is also worth noting the both the Yankees and the Reds denied reports of the possible trade. After the mid-point of the 2020 60 game season, Yankee manager Aaron Boone was so impressed by this improved defense that he was given a permanent place in the Yankee lineup. Frazier’s defense has always been a problem for the team and Frazier because even though he had a quick bat and could hit for both contact and power, he couldn’t advance to a permanent place with the team. But last year, he was so improved that he was a Gold Glove finalist.

Of course, regardless of Frazier’s statement, the Yankees will decide what happens to the young outfielder, not him. Some reports yesterday, not from EmpireSportsMedia.com, actually said the trade that included Frazier and third baseman Miguel Andujar had actually taken place. Again all reports were denied by both teams.

 

 

New York Yankees News/Rumors: Andujar shined in winter ball but do the Yankees need him?

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

The New York Yankees have some dire needs this offseason with holes to fill at first base, shortstop, at backstop, and that is not to mention they have only one experienced starting pitcher and also have to strengthen the bullpen. With those needs, they also have a tremendously talented player that they basically have no need for. Miguel Andujar is a man looking in from the outside. As it appears now, his greatest value to the Yankees is as a trading piece to help fill holes.

First, let’s take a look at “Miggies” rise to future stardom and his fall from grace. Miquel Enrique Andujar was born on March 2, 1995, in San Cristobal, the Dominican Republic. Not much is known about his parents as he lived his childhood with his Grandmother. He played baseball in the sandlots near his home. As a child, his baseball hero was Adrian Beltre, a fellow Dominican with the Texas Rangers. His other hobby as a kid was fishing, which is still true today, especially deep-sea fishing.

Miggy didn’t finish high school where he was learning English, as, when playing baseball locally, he was seen by a Yankee scout that was impressed with his hitting. The Yankees signed Miggy to a minor league contract at the age of just 16 in 2011. After a short time at the Yankees training facility in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, he was sent to Florida. In 2012 he made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Yankees.

Andujar quickly made his way through the New York Yankees Minor League system. He ended the 2017 season with a .312 average, hitting 7 home in 67 games. But on June 28, he made his Major League debut. The 22-year-old went straight from the airport to the history books in the Yankee victory over the White Sox, going 3-for-4 while driving in four runs with a double, walk, and a stolen base. He immediately became a Yankee star. Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Yogi Berra all own a plaque in Monument Park, but none of those legends equaled Miguel Andujar’s Major League debut performance.

In what might have been a Yankee mistake, after only eight plate appearances and hitting .571 he was sent back down to Scranton upon the return of Matt Holliday. Andujar started the 2018 season for the Rail Riders, but after just seven games, he was back at Yankee Stadium, where he would play in 149 games for the Yankees. Andujar proved that he was the up and coming star that he showed in 2017. He finished the 2018 season batting .297 with 27 home runs and almost 100 RBI’s. The New York Yankees had a true star on their hands.

But there was one glaring flaw, his defense of the hot corner. He committed 15 errors, showing that he lacked range and an accurate throwing arm. That would be the beginning of his fall from grace. Through no fault of his own, that fall was further complicated by a shoulder injury that ended up needing surgery and preventing him from playing. Also out of his control was that the Yankees promoted Rail Rider Gio Urshela to replace him at third base. Urshela turned out to be an even better player with cat-like Gold Glove defense.

When Andujar returned for spring training, the Yankees knew that Urshela would be the starting third baseman over “Miggy.” So the Yankees recognizing Andujar’s talent, tried to find a place for him, other than a backup for Urshela. They tried first base and the outfield. Andujar didn’t particularly impress, no matter where he played in the short 2020 season. He ended up playing in only 27 games, hitting a paltry .247.  He spent most of the season at the alternate site.

The Yankees sent Miguel to the Dominican Republic to play winter ball so that the New York Yankees could further evaluate his play. Of all the Yankees playing winter ball, Estevan Florial and Miguel Andujar are the only position players to really shine. He missed a few weeks during winter ball due to muscle stiffness, but he looked sharp when he returned to the team, finishing with a .308/.333/.410 line. He remained the Andújar that Yankees fans have come to know, only walking twice and pounding out 12 hits with four doubles on the season. It could be the only thing he has done is to increase his trade value.