In the off-season, it seemed Miguel Andujar was on his way to third baseman in the Bronx.
Instead, Brandon Drury brought a spring training trade to the Yankees and suddenly Andujar was no longer the third baseman of the present – or maybe even the future.
But with Drury since April 7, with migraine and blurred vision, Andujar has been given a second chance. He has made the most of it lately.
Andujar's three-two to the left midfield brought the Yankees' 1-1 win over Toronto on Saturday, ending Marcus Stroman's match day. And it showed again why the Yankees put so much emphasis on the 23-year-old, who has an extra base hit in each of his last five games.
During this route, Andujar is 9-for-20 with six runs, five fifth doubles, one triple and two homers, and has six RBIs.
Although Gleyber Torres led the last stretch in third place for Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre some speculation that he might bump Andujar, Torres has played the last couple of games back in second place, and became the Yankees called on Saturday.
While Neil Walker and Tyler Wade continue to fight, Andujar has become one of the hottest hitters of the Yankees.
Drury's possible return would complicate Andujar's situation, but for now he has become an important part of the lineup ̵
"I'm not worried about this stuff," Andujar said of an interpreter. "I can not fill my thoughts with such things, I'm only ready to play when the opportunity comes in. The only thing I can control is the way I play."
Andujar wrote the improvement on the plate The recent conversations with punch coach Marcus Thames, who told him not to be so anxious.
His third-placed defense better in recent games and his approach to the plate continues to impress Aaron Boone.
"Even if he rises to beat, he has a bit of that boast back," said the manager. "He starts to feel confident and comfortable, which is a big blow to Stroman, especially two strikes."
And Boone believes that Andujar's improved results provide an explanation – and it's not about sending a message ,
"I think because he can beat," said Boone. "I think he's a good hitter who is gaining momentum and feeling a little better."