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Yankees’ Andújar to have season-ending shoulder surgery

May 16, 2019
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FILE - In this March 31, 2019, file photo, New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar throws to first base during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium in New York. Andújar is set to come off the injured list Saturday, and the team hopes infielder DJ LeMahieu will return to the lineup that day as well. Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier is scheduled to follow on Monday, when center fielder Aaron Hicks could begin a minor league rehab assignment. With 13 players still on the injured list, manager Aaron Boone gave a long rundown of medical status reports Friday, May 3, before New York opened a homestand against the major league-leading Minnesota Twins. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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FILE - In this March 31, 2019, file photo, New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar throws to first base during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium in New York. Andújar is set to come off the injured list Saturday, and the team hopes infielder DJ LeMahieu will return to the lineup that day as well. Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier is scheduled to follow on Monday, when center fielder Aaron Hicks could begin a minor league rehab assignment. With 13 players still on the injured list, manager Aaron Boone gave a long rundown of medical status reports Friday, May 3, before New York opened a homestand against the major league-leading Minnesota Twins. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees third baseman Miguel Andújar will have season-ending surgery to repair a small labrum tear in his right shoulder.

New York announced the decision Wednesday night during the second game of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles.

Andújar, last year’s AL Rookie of the Year runner-up, initially was sidelined by the injury from April 1 to May 3 and struggled mightily in his return.

After going 6 for 47 with no extra-base hits, he went back on the injured list Monday. Manager Aaron Boone had said Andújar was discussing a possible operation with the team and his family.

“Hurt for him a little bit,” Boone said. “But know this is also just the beginning of the road back.”

Yankees head team physician Christopher Ahmad will perform the surgery Monday at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

The 24-year-old Andújar was a major factor in the Yankees’ run to a playoff spot last season, hitting .297 with 27 home runs and 92 RBIs.

“Miggy’s beloved in that room and obviously really important to us between the lines and just who he is,” Boone said. “Hopefully this is a really good step for him and starting the healing process.”

Minus Andujar this season, the Yankees have relied on Gio Urshela at third base. Newly acquired slugger Kendrys Morales is likely to pick up the bulk of the DH duties until some of New York’s other injured hitters return.

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