Although many Yankee fans might have already forgotten about Brandon Drury, he is coming close to a return. Drury found himself on the DL with severe migraines and blurred vision due to a pinched nerve in his neck. Something that had been affecting the infielder for most of his major league career.
Drury has been rehabbing in the Yankees throughout their minor league system. Today he was with the AA affiliate of the Yankees, the Trenton Thunder.
Drury was penciled in the 3 spot in the order at DH and had a pretty nice day that complimented the Thunder’s 4-0 win over the Nationals AA affiliate, the Harrisburg Senators. Drury entered his second at bat of the day 0-0 with a walk and would make himself 1-1 after no doubt homer. He would cap off his day with an infield single.
These next few weeks will be extremely interesting. Brandon Drury is likely just a few days away from being activated from the DL. Also, lets not forget that Greg Bird might only be weeks away as well. It is no secret that the Drury’s replacement, Miguel Andujar, has been tearing it up, so it isn’t a situation where you can just send Andujar down. The same can be said for Tyler Austin, maybe in a lesser way, the man who has filled in for Greg Bird. Austin has been in a bit of a slump lately but he’s done a great job and it makes it even tougher when Aaron Boone will likely have to let him know he’ll be back in AAA.
Now the question remains, do you leave Drury in the minors? It is almost impossible to justify sending Andujar down. He’s been playing at an all-star level for a decent time now. Although Drury wasn’t bad in his short time he was with the Yankees and his medical issues have been resolved, Andujar still seems like he is a mainstay at 3rd base. Before these past few days it seemed as though, maybe the Yankees would DFA Neil Walker to make room but with his offensive production starting to return back to Neil Walker standards. We’ll just have to wait and see what Cashman wants to do.
Piggy-backing off of Drury’s situation; as for the Trenton Thunder experience, I highly recommend it. The tickets are incredibly cheap (even if you sit directly behind home plate) and you get to see the future of the Yankees on display. It is also extremely easy to get autographs from players. I attended a Thunder game last year and got a signature from the aforementioned Miguel Andujar. I thought nothing of it, only because he was in AA and I figured it would be quite some time before he would premiere with the big club. Little did I know that a week later, Andujar would go 3-4 against the Chicago White Sox in his MLB debut. Other players I have watched as a member of the Thunder have been Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Tyler Austin, Dustin Fowler, Justus Sheffield and some others that don't come to mind. This is in addition to the players you will have the opportunity to see rehab throughout the year. It is safe to say you will not be disappointed going to these games.
So much for the outfield cluster, the Yankees now a have an infield cluster on their hands which will create some great problems to have. So many great players to choose from, but only 25 roster spots to fill.