Wednesday has been a busy day for the Yankees. It started this morning when rumors began to circulate that the team was calling up third base prospect Miguel Andujar from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Andujar just reached Triple-A when Gleyber Torres was injured, and batted .308/.379/.462 in those seven games for the RailRiders. He batted .312/.342/.494 in 67 games at Double-A earlier this season.
Calling up Andujar is a bit surprising, but his place on the 40-man roster likely earned him the call. He has hit well this season, to be sure, but his defense at the hot corner is still very much a work in progress. Bringing up Andujar means that the Yankees don’t have to DFA anyone to get someone more experienced on the roster, so they decided to roll the dice with what they have.
The Yankees also placed Matt Holliday on the 10-day disabled list, likely indicating where they plan to use Andujar. Andujar could also play third while Chase Headley moves over to first base when necessary. Holliday has been feeling unwell for a couple days now, noting that he feels as though all his energy has been zapped. Blood tests came back without any answers, but the Yankees can’t afford to play with no bench while they try to sort out what’s going on inside his body.
It’s unfortunate that this has lingered as much as it has without having any real explanation for why Holliday is feeling the way he is feeling. The Yankees were struggling trying to juggle a number of unavailable players with a short bench, and giving Holliday several more days to recover is probably the best course of action.
The final move of the day was not a surprising one. Chris Carter, who was DFA’d just days ago, has been re-signed to a minor league deal. He’ll report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. There was little reason to believe that any team would want to pick up Carter after his abysmal showing with the Yankees. A healthy Greg Bird would make this move a lot less concerning.
Speaking of Bird, he was back on the field for the RailRiders this afternoon. Here’s hoping that his rehab can get back on track sooner rather than later. The Yankees could really use him.