Update (9:42 PM ET): MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that Andújar has a small labrum tear in his right shoulder. The team will treat him conservatively for two weeks, but season-ending surgery is a possibility. Not news you want to hear.
Ahead of Monday evening’s game against the Tigers, the Yankees announced that third baseman Miguel Andújar has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a strained right shoulder. Infielder Tyler Wade has been recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Andújar, 24, suffered the injury diving back into third base during Sunday’s loss to the Orioles. D.J. LeMahieu will likely handle the majority of time at third base in Andújar’s absence.
Losing Andújar is a big deal for the Yankees. He finished second in American League Rookie of the Year balloting last year, batting .297/.328/.527 with 27 home runs, 92 RBI, and 83 runs scored in 606 plate appearances. He was off to a slow start in 2019, mustering a meager .231 average with no extra-base hits in his first three games.
LeMahieu, 30, signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Yankees in January. He didn’t play on Opening Day, but started at third base on Saturday and at second base on Sunday. He has registered four hits, including a double, and two walks in nine trips to the plate to start the year.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.
The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.
A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.
Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.
Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.
Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.
Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.
A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.
Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.