The New York Yankees won’t have third baseman Miguel Andújar for the rest of the season. After struggling with shoulder issues all year, Andújar has decided to undergo season-ending surgery, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.
The 24-year-old Andújar played in just 12 games this season due to the injury. Andújar initially injured himself in the team’s third game. He tore his labrum while diving back into third base.
Andújar was placed on the Injured List in hopes that he could return. Once he came back, Andújar struggled at the plate, hitting just .088 in 35 plate appearances following his first IL stint.
The Yankees placed Andújar back on the IL on Monday. After undergoing a second round of imaging, Andújar decided season-ending surgery was the way to go.
The surgery ends what was supposed to be another season of growth for Andújar. As a rookie, Andújar hit .297/.328/.527, with 27 home runs, over 606 plate appearances. He finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year balloting behind Shohei Ohtani.
Those improvements will have to be pushed off until 2020.
With Andújar out, the Yankees will continue to lean on Giovanny Urshela at third. Urshela has gotten off to a hot start, hitting .341/.396/.505 over 101 plate appearances.
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