A followup MRI on the ailing right shoulder of Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar revealed little to no changes in his shoulder from the April MRI that initially revealed a small labrum tear, manager Aaron Boone told reporters Tuesday afternoon (Twitter links via James Wagner of the New York Times and Bryan Hoch of MLB.com). Andujar, according to Boone, has been encouraged to discuss the situation with his family and will spend the next day or so mulling his options. Season-ending surgery is still on the table, it seems.
The update from Boone comes just a day after Andujar was placed back on the 10-day injured list following a brief return to the active roster. Andujar missed the entire month of April and a few games early in May before returning on May 4 to go 3-for-34 (all singles) with one walk and nine strikeouts. While both Andujar and the team had hoped that the small nature of the tear would allow him to play through the injury, that poor showing has cast further doubt on his ability to do so.
In place of Andujar, Gio Urshela seems likely to continue logging regular work at the hot corner. He’s acquitted himself nicely at the plate through 101 plate appearances thus far (.341/.396/.505), but the 27-year-old has never shown much offensive ability in the big leagues and is currently sporting a .392 average on balls in play that looks ripe for regression.
The outlook on another injured slugger, Giancarlo Stanton, is perhaps more optimistic but also quite vague (Twitter links via Wagner and Hoch). The initial biceps strain that landed Stanton on the injured list back on April 1 has healed, but Boone suggested that Stanton’s left shoulder is still bothering him. Stanton received a cortisone injection in that problematic shoulder a couple of weeks ago and is continuing to run and take at-bats in a simulated setting, but he is not on a rehab assignment just yet. Boone was extremely nebulous in his description of the injury but stated that there’s no tear in Stanton’s shoulder; the Yankees have since announced that Stanton is dealing with a left shoulder strain.
New York’s outlook in the outfield is a bit steadier with Aaron Hicks back on the active roster and set for his season debut. Hicks will of course be in line for regular center field duties, with Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier and hot-hitting Cameron Maybin cycling through the outfield corners and perhaps spending some time at DH here and there. At present, though, it’s not clear when Stanton or fellow injured slugger Aaron Judge will be able to step back into the fray.
A second straight rain delay will give all of those injured Yankees some time to mend, as tonight’s game against the Orioles has already been postponed. New York and Baltimore will play a doubleheader tomorrow to make up for yesterday’s rain-out, and tonight’s game will be made up as part of an August doubleheader.