Yankees DFA Miguel Andujar in surprise move, but add Zack Britton to active roster

NEW YORK – Perhaps with another organization, Miguel Andujar will fulfill the promise he showed in 2018, as the runner-up to Shohei Ohtani for AL Rookie of the Year.

On Thursday, Andujar was designated for assignment by the Yankees, part of a series of moves.

Veteran lefty reliever Zack Britton was activated from the 60-day injured list and was back in manager Aaron Boone’s bullpen against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, following a long rehab from Tommy John surgery.

The Yankees placed lefty reliever Wandy Peralta on the 10-day IL due to a back issue, but he’s hopeful of returning for the last series of the regular season.

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New York Yankees Miguel Andujar removes his cap after flying out to left field with two runners on base during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Britton is hoping to regain his form over the final two weeks of the regular season, in preparation for being a postseason contributor to an inconsistent bullpen that currently does not have a designated closer.

Someone had to be moved off the 40-man roster to make way for Britton’s return, and the right-handed hitting Andujar was the odd man out.

Andujar, 27, had asked for a trade earlier this year, during another season of being shuttled between Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and the Bronx, but never for an extended stay in the majors.

In 27 games this season (100 plate appearances), Andujar batted .229 with one homer, eight RBI and a .531 OPS.

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Despite being sent up and down, Andujar performed well at Triple-A, batting .285 with 13 homers, 51 RBI and an .81 OPS in 277 at-bats.

But injuries, stretches of poor performance and roster issues mostly conspired to keep Andujar in the minors following 2018, when he batted .297 in 149 games, with 47 doubles, 27 homers and 92 RBI.

Since that season, when he set the Yankees’ single-season rookie record for doubles (surpassing Joe DiMaggio’s mark), Andujar played in just 103 games with the Yanks, batting .228 with eight homers, 26 RBI and a .573 OPS.

Andujar’s defensive issues as a third baseman, and the Yankees’ roster configurations, led the organization to switch his position to left field, where he performed capably.

This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: Yankees DFA Miguel Andujar, add Zack Britton to roster

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