It’s unclear where Miguel Andujar fits on the Yankees roster, as Gio Urshela is expected to be recovered from offseason elbow surgery in time for Opening Day.
Still, Aaron Boone said the Yankees haven’t given up on the 26-year-old Andujar, who spent much of last season at the team’s alternate site in Scranton.
Asked about Andujar’s potential role, Boone said, “Well see.”
“The thing about [Andujar] is nothing has changed as far as his talent,’’ Boone said during a Zoom call from Tampa on Wednesday. “At his age, when technically he should be entering the prime of his career, the last two years, he had an injury and last year not a lot of regular at-bats.’’
Andujar’s downfall began when he suffered a shoulder injury in 2019 that required surgery. Urshela emerged as the regular third baseman and Andujar did not fare well a year ago when the Yankees tried to turn him into a utility player.
According to Boone, Andujar faces a similar task this spring, with work coming at third base, as well as first base and left field.
After a lack of activity the last two seasons, Boone said Andujar faces “a challenge.”
“He’s got loads of talent, we love the person and makeup,’’ Boone said of Andujar. “We just have to see it unfold… When opportunities arise as inevitably they usually do, you’ve got to be able to take advantage of them and he has the talent to do that.”