Yankees DFA Miguel Andujar surprises, but adds Zack Britton to active roster

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

On Thursday, Andujar was assigned by the Yankees as 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, after a long rehab from Tommy John surgery.

The Yankees put lefty reliever Wandy Peralta on the 10-day IL because of an earlier release, but he hopes to return for the final series of the regular season.

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

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

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During his rehabilitation assignment, Britton said his signature sinker is “really on the move”.

“I’m not worried about it. I know it’s going to be fine here,” Britton said at the stadium. “As long as I have that (sinker move) and my command, I don’t worry too much about it.

“The reason I pushed things is because I want to pitch for this team this year and help them win. For no other reason,” said Britton, a free agent after this season.

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

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

Andujar made $1.3 million this year and ran out of options after 2022, and was a candidate not to be offered in November.

In 27 games this season (100 at bats), Andujar hit .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, hitting .285 with 13 homeruns, 51 RBI and a .81 OPS in 277 at bats.

But injuries, poor performances and roster issues mainly kept Andujar in the minors after 2018, when he hit .297 in 149 games, with 47 doubles, 27 homeruns and 92 RBI.

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

At the start of the 2019 season, Andujar suffered a tear in the right labrum that required season-end surgery and has never been the same since.

Andujar’s defensive problems as third baseman and the composition of the Yankees led the organization to move his position to left field, where he performed skillfully.

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

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