Yankees top outfield prospect exits game with wrist soreness
Top prospect Estevan Florial left Thursday’s game for Single-A Tampa with right wrist soreness, according to MILB.com.
The 20-year-old outfielder is off to a slow start after a surprising 2017. In 19 games with Tampa a year ago, Florial had an .828 OPS, but in 36 games so far this season, he’s at .696 and has continued to strike out at an alarmingly high rate.
Lefty Justus Sheffield, who was placed on the disabled list with shoulder stiffness last week, is expected to be activated to make his next start on Wednesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
When Brandon Drury was optioned to SWB, Miguel Andujar said he didn’t let it impact his approach.
“I’m glad the team is giving me a chance to play,’’ Andujar said. “I can’t control what they do, I can only control how I play. I think I’m playing OK.”
His double in Tuesday’s suspended game against the Nationals was Andujar’s first extra-base hit since April 28, and he has seen his production tail off offensively since general manager Brian Cashman said the third-base battle between Andujar and Drury is ongoing.
“I just want to do my best and I feel good right now,” Andujar said.
Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Aroldis Chapman’s refined slider is a major reason why the closer is off to a good start and striking out more batters than he has in four years.
“He changed his grip toward the end of last year and is also throwing a couple of different fastballs,” Rothschild said. “And I think once he got out of the cold weather, like a lot of guys, he started pitching better.”
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