It may be safe to say that Miguel Andújar won’t be making the Opening Day roster for the Yankees after manager Aaron Boone’s latest update.
Dealing with nerve irritation in his right hand and wrist, Andújar was fielding balls on Monday during his workout, but he wasn’t making any throws. He also isn’t hitting at all.
Because of that, Boone said Andújar shouldn’t be expected to play in any spring tune-up games with only a few left before the regular season begins next Thursday.
It’s a tough break for Andujar, who went 3-for-15 from the plate in his spring at-bats this year. The 26-year-old has been shut out of a regular role on the team when he is healthy, and now that he isn’t, he has another obstacle to overcome.
If Andújar was playing regularly this spring, he still may not have made the club because of the way it’s constructed at the moment. Gio Urshela remains the Yanks’ third baseman and Andújar still needs work in the outfield before he’s a reliable option there. And even then, Mike Tauchman and Jay Bruce have proven to be solid options there this spring.
When Andújar returns healthy, what his future holds with the Yankees will continue to be a storyline.
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