WASHINGTON — Clint Frazier is finally getting his chance this season in the majors. But, it appears, only Tuesday and Wednesday.
The 23-year-old outfielder, who missed most of spring training and the start of the regular season with symptoms of a concussion sustained Feb. 24, was activated before Tuesday night’s game in Washington.
Righthander David Hale was DFA’d as a corresponding roster move.
“NL ballpark, basically,” general manager Brian Cashman said before the game of the reasoning. “You don’t want to get stuck with a pitcher hitting in a key spot late in the game.”
Will Frazier, a righty-hitting option off the bench, stay beyond these two games?
“We’ll just see how we get through this interleague series,” Cashman said. “We’ve gone with the extra pitcher [13 pitchers] this year to protect our starters.”
Aaron Boone said the priority for the continued development of Frazier, on fire for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre since being returned from the disabled list (17-for-43 with three homers, three doubles and two triples), is playing time.
“We’ll see where we are after the next couple of days and kind of weigh our options,” Boone said.
Frazier called what he went through — the concussion and weeks with enduring symptoms — “life-changing.”
“It altered every part of my day,” he said. “Not just baseball but my outside living situation. It was tough to battle back because I didn’t know when the finish line was going to be.”
Andujar stays on third
Cashman said the Yankees believe that third baseman Brandon Drury, activated from the DL and optioned to Scranton Monday, is big-league ready but indicated rookie Miguel Andujar will keep the job for now.
“Miggy just got here so he’s got to prove himself every day [but] he’s doing a nice job,” Cashman said. “But we also acquired Brandon Drury because we believe in his upside.”