By Mike Axisa
It was easy to overlook given the Jordan Montgomery news and the Luis Severino shutout, but the Yankees made a notable transaction yesterday. Clint Frazier, who suffered a concussion early in Spring Training when he crashed into the outfield wall, was activated off the disabled list and optioned down to Triple-A Scranton. His rehab stint is over and he’s now a minor leaguer eligible to be called up.
Frazier being activated and optioned is notable because it tells us he’s healthy. Kind of a big deal! Brandon Drury’s rehab assignment, which started one day after Clint’s, will continue at least another few days because apparently he’s not completely over the irritation in the tendon in his neck that’s causing the migraines and blurred vision. Frazier is healthy with no restrictions and is available to be called up, if necessary. And, of course, his goal is to return to the big leagues.
“I’m just trying to get things back in the groove and hopefully things come around pretty quickly and I can get back up there as fast as I can,” said Frazier to Brendan Kuty earlier this week. “I’ve been getting antsy. I want to get back up there with the team and be part of that special group up there. I’ve got to get through all the hurdles to get there. This is just another one and it doesn’t last long for me to get back up there.”
The Yankees have no room for Frazier right now. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are going nowhere, and even if you think Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner will stink forever because they’re currently slumping, the Yankees don’t feel that way and they’re going to continue to play. As they should. It’s May 3rd! This …read more