The New York Yankees got off to an underwhelming start to the 2019 season, losing two of three games to the lowly Baltimore Orioles in their opening series. Unfortunately, with a labrum tear, there comes a chance that surgery is required. He was able to remain in the game, but postgame testing revealed the tear.
Andujar finished second in A.L. Rookie of the Year race last season after hitting.297/.328/.527 with 27 homers and 92 RBI in 149 games.More news: Guardiola hoping De Bruyne can kick-on
In the meantime, they will attempt to press on without one of their big sluggers and their starting third baseman Tuesday night when they continue a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers. At 23 years old, Andujar led NY with 170 hits and 47 doubles. It would be fantastic news if the rehab works and we end up seeing Andujar back in the Yankees' lineup at some point this season. Meanwhile, Tyler Wade was called up to take Andujar's spot on the roster. Not only is CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Aaron Hicks and Delin Betances currently missing time due to injury but now Outfielder and DH Giancarlo Stanton is being added to the 10 day Injury List. With all of the injuries, this is not the lineup the Yankees envisioned having when they opened spring training. "Obviously we were not expecting to get that depth tested early on, but here we are on April 1st and already making moves. The season doesn't slow down and wait on anyone". Andujar could miss a lot more than 10 days. But the team's depth is being tested in a big way right now.
DJ LeMahieu will probably see the most increase in playing time as a result of Andujar's injury. LeMahieu, clearly a professional, has truly risen to the occasion giving the Yankees both the offense and defense they need in a utility player who could very much mimic a Ben Zobrist kind a player for the Bombers.