Andujar finally decided on season-ending surgery to repair the partial tear in his right shoulder labrum because it hurt too much and it was affecting his play, his agent said, according to the New York Times’ James Wagner.
“Miguel tried to give as much to the team as he could but realized that he just wasn’t physically able to deal with the pain and still be as productive as we all know he can be,” Octagon agent Ulises Cabrera said, according to Wagner.
Dr. Christopher Ahmad, the Yankees’ team physician, will perform the surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan on Monday, a team spokesman said.
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Andujar wasn’t in the Yankees’ clubhouse when reporters were allowed in Wednesday night.
Andujar suffered the tear while diving back to third base March 31. He went on the injured list the next day and spent more than a month there.
The Yankees and Andujar decided the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year runner-up would try to rehabilitate the injury rather than opt for immediate surgery. It didn’t go as planned.
While Andujar was able to play, he wasn’t effective. In nine games, he hit .088 with no homers and no RBI. He played three games at third base and the rest at designated hitter.
Gio Urshela will take over for Andujar at third base. He’s been a revelation, hitting .300 with two homers and 15 RBI in 94 at-bats this season. The Yankees acquired him last year from the Blue Jays and stashed him at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He’s been best-known for his defense.