Bombers go ahead, make Clint’s day

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - BY MIKE MAZZEO

WASH­ING­TON — Clint Fra­zier was thrilled to be back with the Yan­kees after his con­cus­sion or­deal. Fra­zier even sug­gested he felt hap­pier about his pro­mo­tion on Tues­day than he did when he got called up for his first big-league game last sea­son.

“It al­tered every part of my day, not just baseball, but my out­side liv­ing sit­u­a­tion,” Fra­zier said. “It was tough to bat­tle back be­cause I didn’t know where the fin­ish line was go­ing to be. There were days I woke up and was like, ‘Is it go­ing to end or is it not?’”

Fra­zier’s stay with the Bombers, though, could be brief. The Yan­kees have gone with 13 pitch­ers and a three-man bench. But mov­ing over to an NL ball­park for this two-game se­ries against the Na­tion­als, they wanted more depth. Fra­zier was hit­ting .362 with Triple-A Scran­ton at the time of the pro­mo­tion. David Hale was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment to make room for Fra­zier on the ros­ter.

“We’ve gone all year so far with the ex­tra pitch­ing to try to pro­tect our starters,” Brian Cash­man said. “I think that’s prob­a­bly in our best in­ter­est, so it could be a short-term sit­u­a­tion.”

The Yan­kees will be back play­ing AL games start­ing Fri­day in Kansas City.


Cash­man said the strength of the Yankee ros­ter is the rea­son they elected to keep Miguel An­du­jar at third and Bran­don Drury at Triple-A Scran­ton. Drury has been out since April 7 due to mi­graines and blurred vi­sion. He will see Dr. Gil Chimes to­day.

“He’s a ma­jor lea­guer cur­rently hav­ing to be as­signed to Triple-A just given the fact that we have a pretty strong ros­ter right now,” Cash­man said of Drury. “I guess stay tuned. I know he’s hun­gry. He feels the best he’s felt in a long time.”

An­du­jar has per­formed well in Drury’s place. He came into Tues­day night hit­ting .282 with three homers and 14 RBI.

“He’s ab­so­lutely an op­tion for us right now,” Aaron Boone said of Drury. “We would have no hes­i­ta­tion bring­ing him up. Cou­ple the fact with how we’ve been play­ing and An­du­jar’s role in all that, we just felt like this what we needed to do right now.”


Bryce Harper wanted no part of dis­cussing his fu­ture — pos­si­bly as a mem­ber of the Yan­kees. Harper is a free agent at sea­son’s end. It seems un­likely the Bombers could fit him in with Aaron Judge and Gian­carlo Stanton al­ready on the ros­ter. But they could al­ways make moves in the off­sea­son. “I’m a Na­tional now,” Harper said . ... Mashairo Tanaka hit eighth, with Gley­ber Torres hit­ting ninth . ... Didi Gre­go­rius, 1 for his last 38 com­ing in, was dropped to fifth in the or­der.

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