Miguel Andujar’s arrival to The Bronx didn’t keep going long. He was optioned to the other site following Wednesday’s misfortune to Tampa Bay, the team declared Thursday.
Up until now, Andujar has battled severely in his new role as to a greater degree a bench player, something manager Aaron Boone recognized before the move was declared.
“There’s no question it’s been challenging for him,’’ Boone said. “His attitude and work and trying to do everything to be successful in the role has been excellent. That said, it is a challenging thing. He’s a young player who missed an entire season and he’s trying to get back into the flow and add a [defensive] position.”
Andujar is only 2-for-21 on the season and was 1-for-7 after he was reviewed from his initial alternate site downgrade. He struck out as a pinch hitter Wednesday in the ninth inning.
Boone despite everything has certainty Andujar can adapt to the activity: “Sometimes you’ve got to go through struggles to figure that out. It doesn’t mean it can’t start to happen at some point.”
With Andujar optioned and Zack Britton set on the IL with a stressed left hamstring, the Yankees reviewed right-handers Ben Heller and Miguel Yajure from the team’s substitute site in Scranton.