Yankees have no idea what to do with ‘hungry’ Brandon Drury
WASHINGTON — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman called Brandon Drury “a major leaguer right now, but because of the unique circumstances of where we’re currently at with this roster, we had a choice to make and we optioned him out.”
Drury’s rehab assignment ended Monday after he was on the disabled list due to migraines and blurred vision, and the Yankees decided to keep Miguel Andujar in the majors.
“Miguel Andujar has come up and done a nice job for us,’’ Cashman said before the Yankees’ suspended game against the Nationals on Tuesday. “We’ll let Brandon continue, at least for a period of time, at Triple-A, just given the fact we have a pretty strong roster right now.”
But he made it clear the competition for third base wasn’t completely settled.
“I guess, stay tuned,” Cashman said. “I know [Drury]’s hungry. This is the best he’s felt in a long time. He knows he can help us and impact us.”
Drury has 72 hours to report to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, so he will continue to get treatment from Dr. Gil Chimes, the team’s consulting sports medicine chiropractor.
“It was a baseball decision, but we also feel like there’s still room for him to improve,’’ manager Aaron Boone said of Drury’s health and production. “He is absolutely an option for us right now. We would have no hesitation [bringing] him up.”
Drury, whose versatility in the infield was one thing that attracted the Yankees to him before they acquired him from Arizona, will remain only at third base for the foreseeable future.
“We have full confidence if we needed [Drury] to play third base today, [he could],” Cashman said. “It was an acknowledgment of how we’ve played as a team and Miguel Andujar’s contribution during that time frame. Because of that, we thought we’d honor that, at least for the time being. … We didn’t acquire Brandon Drury to play at Scranton. We acquired him to impact this major league club, and I’m sure he will.”
Giancarlo Stanton got the 1,000th hit of his career with a fifth-inning single and scored on a Tyler Austin sacrifice fly to tie the Yankees’ game against the Nationals at 3-3. The game was suspended by rain after the top of the sixth and will resume at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday before the scheduled game at 7:05 p.m.
Cashman said he doesn’t have a timeline for Greg Bird (ankle) at Double-A Trenton, but that his recovery from surgery is going “as planned. … We’re looking forward to getting even healthier and having more choices.”
CC Sabathia said he doesn’t think the Supreme Court ruling that legalizes sports gambling will have any impact on players.
“I don’t think it changes anything for us,” Sabathia said. “We still can’t bet on baseball. I guess it’ll be easier to place a bet for the Raiders.”
Boone said he is confident MLB will be “very proactive” in protecting “the integrity of our game and the safety of players and umpires.”
Boone said that even with a second off day this week on Thursday, he would keep everyone in the rotation, giving his pitchers an extra day of rest: “That’s the way we prefer it, anyway.”
Boone batted Tuesday’s starter, Masahiro Tanaka, eighth, believing it would make Gleyber Torres serve like an extra leadoff hitter.