Frazier's chances of making the Opening Day roster would improve if MLB decides to expand rosters early in the season, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports.
Frazier looked to be in line for a starting spot in right field prior to the suspension of play. However, the delay to the start of the regular season gives both Giancarlo Stanton (calf) and Aaron Judge (rib) time to heal, likely knocking Frazier out of an everyday role -- and possibly off the big-league roster altogether. That script could flip back, however, if MLB expands rosters as the Yankees would then have more room to keep Frazier on the club as a reserve outfielder.
Frazier's spot on the Opening Day roster could be affected by the delay to the start of the regular season, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports.
Frazier impressed in Cactus League play, batting .320 with five extra-base hits and a 1.055 OPS in 25 at-bats. His performance, along with injuries to fellow outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (calf) and Aaron Judge (rib), all but assured Frazier a roster spot and fairly regular playing time at the start of the campaign. However, with Opening Day now expected to be pushed back at least eight weeks, both Stanton and Judge could be healthy when the regular season commences. That would significantly cut into Frazier's playing time and could keep him off the roster altogether.
Frazier is slated to get work in both right field and left field over the next few days, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Frazier is expected to begin the season with an everyday role in the outfield following injuries to Aaron Judge (rib) and Giancarlo Stanton (calf). That said, the Yankees also have Mike Tauchman and Miguel Andujar to fill in at corner outfield spots until the pair of sluggers return, so there could be some mixing and matching in the early part of the campaign.
Frazier is expected to begin the season in an everyday role in the outfield after general manager Brian Cashman confirmed Tuesday that Aaron Judge (shoulder) and Giancarlo Stanton (calf) are unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
The Yankees' lineup for Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox looks like a good representation of what the team will typically roll out against left-handed pitchers to begin the campaign, as the starting nine should feature a combination of Brett Gardner, Mike Tauchman, Miguel Andujar and Frazier occupying the three outfield spots and designated hitter. Frazier should have a fairly clear path to regular work versus right-handed pitching as well while the two sluggers are sidelined, though he'll typically find himself near the bottom of a stacked lineup.
Frazier has tinkered with his hitting mechanics, Spencer Fordin of MLB.com reports.
According to Frazier, he now places 60 percent of his weight on his back leg and has eliminated a long stride to the ball, while also turning his front toe inward. "The toe was my idea, but there were some people along the way that put me in a few different positions," said Frazier of his newfound hitting stance. "Your body speaks feel; what feels right, you want to continue to do. I had to be the one ultimately to choose what that was, because I was the one feeling it. I used the toe to preset something and try to go from there." The adjustment paid off with a home run to left field in Thursday's Grapefruit League contest against Tampa Bay. Frazier is hitting .286 overall this spring as he seeks to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster.
Frazier spent part of the offseason working on improving defensively, Sweeny Murti of Sportsradio 66 WFAN reports.
While Frazier wields a potent bat, his struggles in the field have substantially cooled the Yankees' interest in making him an everyday player. Should the 25-year-old prove capable of growing into a tolerable defensive outfielder, he could forge a path to more consistent playing time. As it stands, Frazier is currently battling to simply make the Opening Day roster.
Frazier will not make the Yankees' playoff roster, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Frazier has still yet to establish himself as a big-league regular. His .267/.317/.489 slash line on the season in 69 games is good for a solid .806 OPS, but he hit just .176/.243/.353 in the month of September.
Frazier went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in a victory over the Angels on Thursday.
Frazier capped the scoring with a two-run blast to left field in the the eighth inning. The long ball broke a 19-game homerless drought during which Frazier's playing time has decreased dramatically. He has gotten into only nine of 17 games in September, hitting .160 with four hits and seven strikeouts in 25 at-bats.
Frazier remains on the bench Tuesday against the Angels.
Frazier looked to be moving into a starting role in left field after Mike Tauchman suffered a season-ending calf injury last week, but he's now on the bench for the third straight game. Cameron Maybin starts in left field.
Frazier is not in the lineup Sunday in Toronto.
Frazier owns a poor .420 OPS in eight games since getting called up at the start of September. He'll sit for the second straight contest, with Tyler Wade getting the nod in left field.
Frazier is not in Saturday's lineup against the Blue Jays, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.
Frazier is 2-for-20 with zero home runs and zero steals in seven September games. Cameron Maybin will start in left field and hit seventh.
Frazier will start in left field and bat eighth Wednesday against the Tigers.
Frazier will pick up his second straight start and could benefit from increased opportunities over the next couple of weeks with Mike Tauchman (calf) recently succumbing to a season-ending injury. Cameron Maybin will likely battle Frazier for one spot in the outfield in most games, but there will be room for both players in Wednesday's lineup with the lefty-hitting Brett Gardner taking a seat against Detroit southpaw Matthew Boyd.
The Yankees recalled Frazier from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ahead of Sunday's game against the Athletics. He'll serve as the team's designated hitter and will bat seventh.
Though he's up with the big club for the first time since mid-June, Frazier isn't expected to see regular work with the Yankees in September, even with multiple outfielders still on the injured list. Frazier didn't exactly blow the doors off Triple-A pitching after being demoted, slashing .247/.305/.433 across 61 contests. He'll likely be in line for only a couple starts per week with the Yankees unless his bat catches fire.
Frazier will likely be promoted to the Yankees when rosters expand in September, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Though Yankees manager Aaron Boone did not guarantee that Frazier will be recalled, he mentioned the 24-year-old by name when discussing players who are "obvious" candidates for promotion to the big club, stating that "Frazier will probably be here." In a 53-game stint with the Yankees earlier this season, Frazier hit .283 with 11 homers and 34 RBI. He has been working to improve his much maligned defense with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre but has struggled offensively since his demotion, hitting only .243 with seven long balls and 51 strikeouts in 230 at-bats.
Manager Aaron Boone said Frazier won't be under consideration for a promotion from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in light of the recent placements of Aaron Hicks (elbow) and Edwin Encarnacion (wrist) on the 10-day injured list, Randy Miller of The Bergen Record reports.
Additionally, the Yankees lost Gleyber Torres (core muscle) and Gio Urshela (leg) to injuries in Sunday's 7-4 win over the Red Sox, though only Torres looks at risk of joining Encarnacion and Hicks on the IL. Despite the Yankees' mounting health concerns, the team won't bring in a fifth outfielder in Frazier, who has now been passed over for callups on multiple occasions since returning to Triple-A in mid-June. For his part, Frazier hasn't exactly lit up International League pitching since heading back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, slashing just .257/.306/.466 (90 wRC+) across 37 games.
Frazier was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following Sunday's game against the White Sox, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports. He went 1-for-5 prior to the demotion.
Frazier is slashing .283/.330/.513 with 11 homers and 34 RBI over 53 games this season with the big-league club, but he'll head to the minors to make room for the acquisition of Edwin Encarnacion. He'll likely be one of the top options to return to the major leagues should an injury occur to a position player.
Frazier will start in right field and bat sixth in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Mets, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.
Frazier served as the Yankees' designated hitter in the team's previous game Sunday in Cleveland, but he'll be back in the outfield for the start of the Subway Series. While Frazier's defense has been oft-criticized -- and supported by poor metrics -- this season, he'll likely continue to stick in the outfield on a regular basis, at least until Aaron Judge (oblique) and/or Giancarlo Stanton (shoulder) return from the injured list. At least for fantasy purposes, Frazier has been dependable lately with a .391 average and four extra-base hits (a home run and three doubles) over his last seven starts.
Frazier recorded a pair of base hits across four at-bats Sunday in the Yankees' 8-5 loss to the Red Sox.
While Frazier returned from the bruised elbow he suffered a day earlier and turned in a decent night at the dish, his performance in the field played a major part in the Yankees dropping the series finale. He had a seventh inning to forget, picking up an error when he let a ground ball bounce past him to the outfield wall while also misreading a pair of fly balls veering toward him that were ultimately credited as base hits. The poor defensive showing probably won't result in Frazier losing out on an everyday role, though manager Aaron Boone may be more inclined to substitute the 24-year-old out in the late innings in favor of fourth outfielder Cameron Maybin.
Frazier (elbow) will start in right field and bat seventh Sunday against the Red Sox.
Frazier was struck on the left elbow by a pitch in the fifth inning of Saturday's 5-3 win but was fortunate to escape without any structural damage. After receiving some treatment for his bruise, Frazier will be good to go for the series finale.
Frazier was diagnosed with a bruised left elbow after X-rays came back negative Saturday, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports.
Frazier was hit by a pitch on the left elbow during the bottom of the fifth inning and was replaced in right field by Cameron Maybin in the subsequent frame. Frazier likely would have been removed at some point for defensive purposes, but the Yankees opted to play it safe.
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