Miguel Andujar Lands on IL, Could be Out Long-Term

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The Yankees and Andujar will take the conservative approach and try to rehab the injury, but season-ending surgery is a possibility.

Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino and Dellin Betances are among the other Yankees on the injured list in the first week of the season. He's slated for "physical therapy", with a reevaluation due "in a couple weeks".

It was announced after Monday's 3-1 win over the Tigers that Andujar his a small labrum tear in his shoulder and that he will basically be shut down for two weeks. It seems the likely process will be to establish range of motion in the joint and then begin strengthening. If Andujar needs surgery, it would mean the end of his 2019 season.

DJ LeMahieu will probably see the most increase in playing time as a result of Andujar's injury.

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Andujar was second in AL Rookie of the Year voting last season after batting.297 with 47 doubles, 27 homers and an.855 OPS. When he landed at 10:30 p.m., he received a phone call telling him to come to NY.

The injury occurred in the Yankees series finale vs. Baltimore when Andujar dove back into third on a pickoff play. In addition, pitcher CC Sabathia is expected to go on the injured list after completing a five-game suspension for hitting a batter with a pitch last September. After that it was left fielder Mike Tauchman, designated hitter Clint Frazier, second baseman Tyler Wade and catcher Austin Romine. "We had a short bench, so I just tried to get here as soon as I can".

Not exactly the power-packed lineup the Bronx Bombers envisioned this season after setting a major league record with 267 home runs past year. That is worrisome, to be sure, but we don't have any real information about the Andujar injury.

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