Yankees: Outfielder Clint Frazier set to begin rehab assignment
Finally, a bit of good news on the Yankees injury front, as outfielder Clint Frazier is set to begin a rehab assignment on Thursday at High-A Tampa.
Sidelined with post-concussion symptoms since July 19, Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier is set to begin his latest rehab assignment at High-A Tampa on Thursday.
Although the 23-year-old has recently been spotted around the Yankee minor league/spring training facility — up until this point, all Frazier could take part in was batting practice and running drills.
Set to see live action for the first time in over a month, Frazier will be chomping at the bit to return to a full-time role. Whether that’s back at Triple-A Scranton or in the Bronx, remains to be seen.
The RailRiders’ season ends on Monday — and as of now, they stand 10 games out of first place in the International League North, but only one game back in the Wild Card standings.
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A bonus for the Yankees’ top-tier minor league club is that they’ve actually played two games less than the Wild Card-leading Indianapolis Indians.
Should the RailRiders miss out on the playoffs, Frazier could be New York-bound for the playoff push, once he’s gotten back into the swing of things.
In 52 minor league games this season, ‘Red Thunder’ has more than proven himself ready for the next level: .302/.387/.566 with 43 runs scored, 15 doubles, 11 home runs and 22 RBIs in just 205 at-bats.
With rosters set to expand on Sept. 1, the inclusion of a fire-starter like Frazier could give the Yanks an extra jolt until some of the veteran stars return from the DL. Shane Robinson and his .156 batting average in 23 games isn’t getting it done.
Bringing back Frazier into the fold would allow the Yankees to keep Neil Walker in the infield as their super utlity guy — even potentially sharing first base with Luke Voit, relegating Greg Bird to the bench.
In limited big league action this season, the former crown jewel of the Andrew Miller trade is slashing .265/.390/.353 with nine runs scored, three doubles and one RBI in 41 at-bats. The fact that Frazier is also a plus-defender will be a huge bonus for the Yanks moving forward.