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Yankees option Miguel Andujar amid flurry of roster moves

Andujar appeared in five games this season.

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The Yankees made a series of roster moves on Thursday morning, including one that comes as a big surprise. The team announced that they optioned Miguel Andujar, Nick Nelson, and Thairo Estrada to the alternate site in Scranton.

Andujar, 25, appeared in five games, going 1-for-14. His transition to a multi-position player has been rocky, as he struggled to adapt to left field. He also couldn’t find regular at-bats, so perhaps this isn’t the worst news for him. Just two years ago he hit .297/.328/.527 with 27 home runs (130 wRC+).

Estrada, 24, appeared in two games, so he likely will benefit from regular playing time. The team appears more comfortable with Tyler Wade as the backup infielder. Estrada hit .250/.294/.438 with three home runs in 69 plate appearances in 2019.

As for Nelson, the hard-throwing right-hander took his lumps in a nightmare outing against the Phillies yesterday. The 24-year-old allowed seven runs as the Yankee defense imploded behind him. Hopefully, Nelson can shake off that setback and channel the form that allowed him to toss three shutout frames against the Red Sox in his debut.

We’ll have more as this develops, including reactions. Stay tuned to Pinstripe Alley for the latest news.