TAMPA – Miguel Andujar is ready to drive.
The third-year Yankees player, who had missed most of 2019 due to a right shoulder labrum rip that had to be corrected last May, said Tuesday morning that he had been on the first base and left field two for weeks Trained positions where he could help the Yankees in addition to his original place on the third base and was referred to as the batsman.
"Yes, there is progress," Andujar said through an interpreter at George M. Steinbrenner Field before the Yankees held their first full-squad training. "I've been with the Yankees for eight or nine years (he signed with the Yankees in 2011) and I'm playing third base. But the way I feel I feel that things are going well."
Andujar did well as the Yankees' third baseman in 2018 after Brandon Drury made the first choice to finish second in the American League Rookie of the Year. However, his defense was a commitment, and just like Andujar benefited from Drury's injury problems two years ago, Gio Urshela was excellent in Andujar's place last year, playing a far superior defense brand to go to the camp as a favorite to start there.
The 24-year-old said he had "no restrictions" on his shoulder, which felt normal again last December.
When asked if he would prefer to play on third base all the time, Andujar declined and said, “I love having the 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 every possible way. I am honored to have the opportunity to be here, so any opportunity is welcome. "