TAMPA — Miguel Andujar is ready to rove.
The third-year Yankees player, who missed nearly all of 2019 due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder that required corrective surgery last May, said Tuesday morning that he has been working out for weeks at first base and left field, two positions where he could help the Yankees in addition to his original spot at third base and designated hitter.
“Yeah, there’s progress,” Andujar said through an interpreter at George M. Steinbrenner Field, before the Yankees held their first full-squad workout. “I’ve been with the Yankees for eight, nine years (he signed with the Yankees in 2011) and I’ve been playing third base. But the way I’m feeling, I feel like things are working out fine.”
Andujar performed well enough as the Yankees’ starting third baseman in 2018, after top choice Brandon Drury fizzled, to finish second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. His defense stood as a liability, however, and just as Andujar capitalized on Drury’s injury issues two years ago, Gio Urshela excelled in Andujar’s place last year, playing a far superior brand of defense, to enter camp as the favorite to start there.
The 24-year-old said he has “no limitations” on his shoulder, which started feeling normal again last December.
Asked whether he would prefer to play third base all of the time, Andujar deflected, saying, “I love having an opportunity to play and help the team. At the end of the day that’s what you want to do. You want to be able to help the team in any way possible. I’m honored to have the opportunity to be here, so any opportunity is going to be welcome.”
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