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Yankees' Miguel Andujar scheduled to play in extended spring training game

Manager Aaron Boone said Andujar, if everything goes well in Friday's extended spring game, and the ones that follow, could "potentially" be back in the big leagues in a week.

Miguel Andujar #41 of the Yankees warms up

Miguel Andujar #41 of the Yankees warms up in the field before a game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium on Friday, Apr. 19, 2019. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Miguel Andujar appears to be game-ready.

Aaron Boone said the third baseman, who has been on the injured list since April 1 with a small labrum tear in his right shoulder, is scheduled to play in an extended spring training game on Friday. It’s a significant step in Andujar’s rehab.

If everything goes well in Friday’s extended spring game and the ones that follow, Boone said Andujar “potentially” could be back in the big leagues in a week.

Andujar, who started a throwing program two weeks ago when the Yankees were in Houston, will start at third base and is slated to play five or six innings.

“He’s responded, obviously, really well, and continues to progress,” Boone said. “So we’ll see how the next few games go and how he’s able to bounce back.”

Boone said shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, on the IL since April 4 with a left calf strain, should begin playing in extended spring games “probably a couple of days” after Andujar.

“He passed his final running test [Wednesday] with no issues,” Boone said. “He’ll run the bases today, he’s already been hitting on the field, so he potentially by the end of the weekend could get into some game action.”

Giancarlo Stanton, out since April 1 with a left biceps strain that has all but healed but who received a cortisone injection in his left shoulder earlier this week, should join the Yankees in Phoenix on Monday and could be sent thereafter for a rehab assignment, Boone said.

“He should ramp up pretty quick,” he added.

Clutch hitter

DJ LeMahieu, in a 3-for-39 slide before his RBI double in the sixth and go-ahead RBI single in the ninth Wednesday, is 7-for-17 (.412) with a double and 10 RBIs with runners in scoring position.

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