With Major League rosters trimmed from 30 players to 28, the Yankees have optioned infielder/outfielder Miguel Andújar, infielder Thairo Estrada and right-hander Nick Nelson to the club’s alternate site in Moosic, Pa.
Roster Moves: Following last night’s game, the Yankees optioned INF/OF Miguel Andújar, INF Thairo Estrada and RHP Nick Nelson to the Alternate Site.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) August 6, 2020
That leaves an open spot on the roster. Though left-hander Aroldis Chapman is rehabbing at the alternate site, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said on Wednesday that Chapman has yet to face hitters and that the club would not rush his return.
Outfielder Clint Frazier has been swinging the bat well at the alternate training site, according to players who have participated in workouts there.
The Yankees have spoken highly of Andújar, a third baseman by trade who increased his versatility by agreeing to play the outfield earlier this year. The 25-year-old Andújar was 1-for-14 (.071) this season, appearing in five games — four in left field and one at third base.
Estrada offered defensive versatility to the Opening Day roster, boasting the ability to play three infield positions as well as the outfield, but playing time was scarce for the 24-year-old. Estrada was 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI in two games this season.