NEW YORK – Perhaps with a different organization, Miguel Andujar will fulfill the promise he showed in 2018, as Shohei Ohtani’s runner-up for AL Rookie of the Year.
On Thursday, the Yankees designated Andujar for assignment, part of a series of moves.
Veteran reliever Zack Britton was activated from the 60-day injured list and was back in manager Aaron Boone’s pen against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, after a long recovery from Tommy John surgery.
The Yankees placed left-handed reliever Wandy Peralta on the 10-day IL because of a back issue, but he is expected to return for the final series of the regular season.
Britton hopes to regain his form over the final two weeks of the regular season, in preparation to become a postseason contributor with an inconsistent bullpen that currently has no named closer.
During his rehabilitation assignment, Britton said that his signature sinker is “really moving.” His velocity is down, but that’s partly by design during his ramps up.
“I’m not worried about it. I know he’ll tick up here,” Britton said at the Stadium. “As far as I’m concerned with (the sinker movement) and my command I’m not too worried about it.
“The reason I kind of pushed things is because I want to pitch for this team this year and help them win. For any other reason,” said Britton, a free agent after this season.
Someone had to be moved from the 40-man roster to make way for Britton’s return, and it was the right hand that Andujar knocked out the odd man out.
Andujar, 27, asked for a trade earlier this year, during another season he was shuttled between Class AAA Scranton / Wilkes-Barre and the Bronx, but not for a long stay in the majors.
Earning $1.3 million this year and out of options after 2022, Andujar was a candidate to go non-tendered last November.
In 27 games this season (100 plate appearances), Andujar batted .229 with one homer, eight RBI and a .531 OPS.
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Despite being up and down, Andujar performed well at Triple-A, batting .285 with 13 homers, 51 RBI and an .81 OPS in 277 at-bats.
But injuries, stretches of poor performance and roster issues mostly kept Andujar in the minors after 2018, when he hit .297 in 149 games, with 47 doubles, 27 homers and 92 RBI.
Since that season, when he set the Yankees’ single-season rookie record for doubles (surpassing Joe DiMaggio’s mark), Andujar has played in just 103 games with the Yanks, batting .228 with eight homers, 26 RBI and .573 OPS.
Early in the 2019 season, Andujar suffered a right labrum tear that required season-ending surgery and has never been the same since.
Due to Andujar’s defensive issues as a third baseman, and the Yankees’ roster configurations, the organization changed his position to left field, where he performed adeptly.
This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: Yankees DFA Miguel Andujar, add Zack Britton to roster