Andujar has been working out at the Yankees' complex in Florida five days a week and has had no trouble with his surgically repaired right shoulder, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. "I feel great. I am working out five days a week building strength, working with the trainers, exercising and doing my best to stay sharp,'' Andujar indicated in an email. "I feel 100 percent. I am very happy where I am at physically." Andujar also explained that he had been working out with a trainer away from the Yankees' training complex during part of the MLB hiatus but has since returned to Steinbrenner Field. The 25-year-old is expected to see playing time as a designated hitter, left fielder and third baseman during a potential 2020 campaign, though he is unlikely to open the season with an everyday role.
Andujar will be an option at third base, left field and designated hitter when the season gets underway, although it is unclear how regularly he will play, Pete Caldera of NorthJersey.com reports. A brief experiment at first base in spring training did not bear fruit, with Caldera noting that the team was much more optimistic about how he fared in left field. Andujar will get semi-regular starts at all three spots (left, third, DH), but with Aaron Hicks (elbow) ramping up baseball activities and Aaron Judge (rib) also getting close to ramping up, the Yankees could potentially have 11 starting caliber position players for nine spots, so he probably won't be a true everyday player.
Andujar will play in both right field and left field over the next few days, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. Andujar has been getting reps in left field throughout spring, and it appears that the Yankees now want to see how he fares on the other side of the outfield. With Giancarlo Stanton (calf) and Aaron Judge (rib) sidelined for the start of the campaign, Andujar's surest path to early-season playing time appears to be DH and in the corner outfield spots.
Andujar played first base and committed a third-inning error in Thursday's Grapefruit League contest against Detroit. The miscue was a blatant drop on a good throw from third baseman Gio Urshela. Andujar is clearly still getting adjusted to the position, though he is expected to spend most of the remainder of the spring working at third base and left field, per Randy Miller of NJ.com. With Giancarlo Stanton (calf) and Aaron Judge (rib) out for the foreseeable future, Andujar's best path to playing time is in the outfield.
Andujar is expected to begin the season in an everyday role either at designated hitter or in left field after Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that both Aaron Judge (pectoral) and Giancarlo Stanton (calf) are unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Though Andujar reported to camp healthy after missing most of the prior campaign due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder, the 2018 AL Rookie of the Year runner-up initially looked like he might have to settle for a part-time role with the Yankees having since committed to Gio Urshela as their primary third baseman. While Andujar remains blocked at the hot corner, the injuries to the two sluggers will temporarily open up regular at-bats for him. Andujar has been taking reps in left field this spring in an attempt to increase his avenues to playing time, but because he's still likely to be a negative defender at that position, expect the Yankees to hand him most of his starts at DH at least until one of Judge or Stanton returns. Mike Tauchman, Brett Gardner and Clint Frazier should serve as the Yankees' primary outfielders at the beginning of the season.