Are the Yankees better off without Andujar?
As the Yankee Universe wakes up this morning there is a lot to ponder. The good news is the Yankees are 2-2 after a speedy 2:43 victory over the Tigers last night. Domingo German gave them 5 inning of 1 run ball. The young righty whiffed 7, but did walk 5. The vaunted Yankee pen locked it down the rest of the way on that chilly night. Aroldis Chapman looked sharp in picking up his 1st save of the season retiring the side in order on just 7 pitches. The Yanks got 2 hits (including a solo homer) from the suddenly heating up Brett Gardner. Gary Sanchez hit a solo shot, and Greg Bird had an RBI single. 3-1 would be much more appropriate, but beggars can’t be choosers after that toilet weekend where the Yanks went 6/29 with RISP
Now onto the bad news. Yesterday morning we heard that Giancarlo Stanton had suffered a left bicep strain on a swing on Sunday afternoon and was placed on the IL. He will do no baseball activity whatsoever for 10 days. Then about an hour before 1st pitch last evening we stunningly heard that 3B Miguel Andujar tore the labrum in his right shoulder. The Yankees are going to initially treat it with rest, and medication. If Andujar does not respond to that he may need season ending surgery.
In all my years of watching baseball I have never seen a club with such high expectations hit so severely with injuries to start a season. This is just crazy. Ace, starting SS, starting CF, top set up man, starting LF/DH, now the starting 3B. In a vacuum, losing Andujar for the season is devastating. An extra base hit machine (76 last year) like him is not easily replaced.
Now I will get ripped for this, but what if once Didi Gregorious returns, the Yankees are actually better constructed as a team without Miggy smalls? As Joel Sherman of the NY Post pointed out all the rhetoric that came out of spring training was a focus on fundamental, situational hitting. Then you come out and lay a 6/42 turd burger. I mean they got the dub last night, but still went 0/5 with RISP. Miggy was swinging from his heels all weekend against Baltimore trying to hit 9 run homers, and suffered his injury nearly getting picked off third base in a game the Yanks were trailing. What I am saying is he was not showing improvement in areas he struggled with last year (yes it was 3 games). Miggy is a stud. My point is having a plus defending, fundamentally sound ball player take his place in DJ LeMahieu might not be the worst thing in the world for the over all makeup of the team.
Finally, today’s terrible tweet goes to @KPT7 who responded to @WFANs tweet breaking the Andujar potential surgery news with ”Machado”. Yes. We get it. You wanted the Yanks to sign him, but Monday morning QBing is lazy. Kudos on spelling it correctly, though.