The Yankees couldn’t even make it a few hours without suffering another injury. On the same day that the team placed Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-day injured list, Miguel Andujar hit the shelf with a right shoulder strain. The team announced that Tyler Wade would come up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to fill the roster spot.
Andujar, 24, had three hits in the opening series against the Orioles. He lofted a few balls to the warning track, however, so it’s not like he wasn’t making good contact. The third baseman stands just one year removed from a runner-up finish in Rookie of the Year voting, a campaign where he hit to a 127 wRC+. According to Jack Curry, Andujar suffered the injury while diving back to third base.
As a corresponding move, the Yankees called up utilityman Tyler Wade. The 24-year-old had a terrific spring, hitting .320/.358/.520 in Grapefruit League play. When optioned to make room for Mike Tauchman, Wade expressed his frustration with the move. “I’m displeased,” he told Conor Foley of The Times-Tribune, “but, you know, it is what it is and it’s only going to add fuel to my fire.” Now he has a chance to impress at the big league level.
Losing Andujar for an extended period of time would prove a major blow to an already weakened Yankees roster. The Bombers now have nine major league players on the injured list, including star regulars like Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Didi Gregorius, and Aaron Hicks. Cross your fingers that this isn’t anything major.
UPDATE (9:36 PM): Welp. That’s about as close as worst case scenario as it gets. Let’s hope that he doesn’t need the surgery. More to come soon...
Miguel Andujar has a small labrum tear in his right shoulder. He will be treated conservatively for two weeks, but season-ending surgery is on the table.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 2, 2019