TODAY: Andujar has indeed been activated from the 10-day IL, the Yankees PR Department announced today. To make room, 1B/DH Mike Ford was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Ford received 37 plate appearances in his first major league action, showing a good eye at the plate with an overall .179/.378/.321 line. The 26-year-old tore up Triple-A prior to his promotion to the tune of .410/.467/.897 with five home runs in only 39 at-bats.
May 3: Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar tells reporters including MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch (Twitter link) that he expects to be activated for tomorrow’s game. It’s not exactly a surprise at this point, but it still represents a notable bit of good health news for the Yanks.
Andujar was sidelined with a worrying shoulder injury just over a month ago. Despite initial concern that his labrum tear may require season-ending surgery, a rehabilitation approach seems to have been effective.
There are still some questions to be answered here. We’ll see how things hold up under the strain of regular MLB action. It seems likely that the club will avoid pushing Andujar too hard; he’s expected mostly to serve as a DH at the outset, at least.
The long-term outlook seems rather favorable, all things considered, though there’s always some risk of aggravation. Andujar says he’s not aware of whether he’ll need an offseason procedure to deal with the issue; skipper Aaron Boone indicated that the club doesn’t believe that’ll be necessary, as Andy Martino of SNY.tv tweets.
Even if Andujar isn’t able to take much of the load at third base for some time, he’ll offer a significant lineup boost. His glove is the least-celebrated aspect of his game anyhow and Gio Urshela has filled in quite nicely.