NEW YORK – Perhaps with another organization, Miguel Andujar will fulfill the promise he showed in 2018 as 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 disabled list and returned to manager Aaron Boone’s bullpen against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium after a lengthy recovery from Tommy John surgery.
The Yankees placed lefty reliever Wandy Peralta on 10-day IL because of a back problem, but he hopes to return for the final series of the regular season.
Britton hopes to regain his form in the final two weeks of the regular season as he prepares to be a postseason contributor in an inconsistent bullpen that currently has no designated closer.
During his recovery mission, Britton said his signature bobber is “really moving.” His speed has decreased, but this is partly due to his design during the ramp.
“I’m not worried about it. I know it’s going to get here,” Britton said at the Stadium. “As long as I have that (pitch motion) and my command, I’m not too worried about it.
“The reason why I pushed things a bit is because I want to compete this year for this team and help them win. For no other reason,” said Britton, a free agent after this season.
Someone had to come off the 40-man roster to make way for Britton’s return, and the right-hander who hit Andujar was the odd man out.
Andujar, 27, had requested a trade earlier this year during another season of shuttling between Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and the Bronx, but never for an extended stay in the majors.
Making $1.3 million this year and with no options beyond 2022, Andujar was a non-tender candidate this November.
In 27 games this season (100 plate appearances), Andujar is batting .229 with one homer, eight RBIs and a .531 OPS.
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Despite being sent up and down, Andujar performed well in Triple-A, hitting .285 with 13 homers, 51 RBI and a 0.81 OPS in 277 at-bats.
However, injuries, poor performances and roster issues mostly conspired to keep Andujar in the minors after 2018, when he batted .297 in 149 games, with 47 doubles, 27 homers and 92 RBI.
Since that season, when he set the Yankees rookie single-season record for doubles (passing Joe DiMaggio’s mark), Andujar has played in just 103 games with the Yanks, batting .228 with eight homers, 26 RBIs and a .573 OPS.
Early in the 2019 season, Andujar suffered a torn right meniscus that required season-ending surgery and has never been the same since.
Andujar’s defensive problems 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