Miguel Andújar lands on injured list due to strained right shoulder
Update (9:42 PM ET): MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that Andújar has a small labrum tear in his right shoulder. The team will treat him conservatively for two weeks, but season-ending surgery is a possibility. Not news you want to hear.
Ahead of Monday evening’s game against the Tigers, the Yankees announced that third baseman Miguel Andújar has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a strained right shoulder. Infielder Tyler Wade has been recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Andújar, 24, suffered the injury diving back into third base during Sunday’s loss to the Orioles. D.J. LeMahieu will likely handle the majority of time at third base in Andújar’s absence.
Losing Andújar is a big deal for the Yankees. He finished second in American League Rookie of the Year balloting last year, batting .297/.328/.527 with 27 home runs, 92 RBI, and 83 runs scored in 606 plate appearances. He was off to a slow start in 2019, mustering a meager .231 average with no extra-base hits in his first three games.
LeMahieu, 30, signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Yankees in January. He didn’t play on Opening Day, but started at third base on Saturday and at second base on Sunday. He has registered four hits, including a double, and two walks in nine trips to the plate to start the year.