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Yankees activate Giancarlo Stanton, option Miguel Andújar among flurry of roster moves

Gio Urshela and Jonathan Loáisiga also return to the team while Mike Ford heads to the alternate site

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The first wave of reinforcements is incoming!

On Tuesday afternoon, the team announced that Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela, and Jonathan Loáisiga would all be reinstated from the 10-day injured list. As a corresponding move, the Yankees optioned Miguel Andújar and Mike Ford to the alternate site.

Stanton was placed on the IL the second week of August with a left hamstring strain, and has been sidelined ever since. In his 14 games prior to injury, Stanton was one of the more consistent contributors in the lineup, batting .293/.453/.585 with three home runs, a 185 OPS+ and 180 wRC+.

Urshela returns after being sidelined for 11 days with bone spurs in his throwing elbow. He is an instant upgrade over the players deputizing for his spot in the lineup (Tyler Wade and Thairo Estrada), as he is batting .272/.358/.515 with six home runs, a 138 OPS+, and 134 wRC+.

Loáisiga is back from an undisclosed affliction, and he immediately improves an uncertain bullpen. This season, he has pitched to a 3.18 ERA (4.31 FIP) over 17 innings of work.

These reinforcements come as unfortunate news to Miguel Andújar, who has seen his bat heat up over the last stretch of games. Since September 4th, he is batting .355/.394/.581 with a home run and five RBI.

Meanwhile Mike Ford has been a non-entity for the Yankees, as he is only batting .135/.226/.270 with a 37 OPS+ and 35 wRC+ on the year.

This infusion of players could not come at a better time as the Yankees enter a critical three game series against the Blue Jays - a series that has massive seeding implications for the postseason.