New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar is likely headed back to the 10-day injured list so that the team can “get a better handle” on his nagging right shoulder injury, according to manager Aaron Boone.
Andujar missed over a month because of a small labrum tear in his right shoulder before returning from the IL last week.
But Andujar has been mired in a 3-for-34 slump since his return, prompting the Yankees to send him for more tests on his shoulder.
“We’ve got to get a better handle on this,” Boone told reporters before Monday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.
Boone said a return to the IL for Andujar is “something that we might do here real quickly,” assuming the Yankees can find a roster replacement soon.
“We feel like even though he’s passed everything and the strength tests has been good and rehabbed him properly, we do feel like the injury is certainly a contributing factor to some of the struggles,” Boone told reporters.
Andujar batted .297 with 27 homers and 92 RBIs last season when he was runner-up for AL Rookie of the Year. He had 47 doubles and an .855 OPS.
Boone provided the update on Andujar hours after the injury-plagued Yankees activated center fielder Aaron Hicks from the IL and slotted him as their leadoff hitter for his season debut Monday.
Hicks had been sidelined with a back injury since March 1.
The Yankees also scratched right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga from his scheduled start Monday against Baltimore and placed him on the IL with a strained shoulder.
Luis Cessa will replace Loaisiga as Monday’s starter but is only expected to pitch two to three innings, according to Boone.
Loaisiga is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts and one relief appearance. He gave up four runs over four innings in a loss to Seattle last week.
The Yankees also made a pair of other roster moves Monday, optioning outfielder Mike Tauchman to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and recalled right-hander Chance Adams from the RailRiders.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.