General manager Brian Cashman said Frazier is basically blocked at the big-league level next season, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports.
The Yankees seem set on using Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge as their everyday outfielders, with veteran Jacoby Ellsbury working as the reserve, leaving Frazier as the odd man out. He appeared in 39 games for the Yankees last season thanks to injuries; while he flashed some of his high upside, he finished the year with an unremarkable .231/.268/.448 line and 43 strikeouts in 142 plate appearances. He's still viewed as a big part of the Yankees' future, but for now, it appears he'll continue sharpening his skills in the minors while serving as a glorified depth piece.
Frazier is not on the roster for the ALDS against Cleveland.
The Yankees will carry four outfielders for the series against the Indians, and manager Joe Girardi elected to have 12 active pitchers instead of adding Frazier into the mix. Since coming off the DL (oblique) in mid-September, Frazier has hit .174/.240/.304 with two extra-base hits and nine strikeouts in 23 at-bats.
Frazier isn't in the lineup Monday against the Rays, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Frazier came off the disabled list Monday after dealing with an oblique injury for over a month. However, although he's back in full health, the Yankees are waiting to put him in the starting lineup. They'll head into Monday's game with an outfield of Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Aaron Judge.
Frazier (oblique) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Monday.
Frazier is back with the Yankees after spending a month on the shelf with an oblique strain. The 23-year-old was hitting .243/.274/.477 with four homers in 28 big-league games before injuring himself. With Aaron Hicks (oblique) situated on the DL, Frazier could see everyday opportunities down the stretch.
Frazier (oblique) could return at some point this week, George A. King of the New York Post reports.
Manager Joe Girardi was light on specifics when discussing the 23-year-old's availability, but he did add he expects Frazier to be back "sometime" in the upcoming week. With Aaron Hicks (oblique) recently hitting the DL as well, Frazier could be in line to assume everyday opportunities down the stretch run of the season once activated.
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