TAMPA — Less than a week after being robbed at gunpoint and assaulted on his farm in the Dominican Republic, Miguel Andujar is trying to focus on baseball.
The Yankees utility still arrived at spring training on time Tuesday after avoiding serious injury last Wednesday when he was allegedly beaten by two individuals and stolen a gold chain worth $100. around $7,000.
“It’s really a difficult situation there,” Andujar said through an interpreter. “What can you say when you go through something like this?” But I’m fine, I’m healthy. Thank God everything went well.
Andujar said police have yet to find those involved in the incident, which happened in his hometown of San Cristobal.
“They didn’t and honestly I’m focused on my job and being here,” Andujar said. “That’s how I want to keep it.”
For Andujar, that means practicing third base (his natural position), first base and left field. The 27-year-old has started 44 career games in left field (37 last season), but only two at first base, where he worked on Tuesday. Luke Voit and DJ LeMahieu are the only other first basemen on the 40-man roster.
Andujar missed the second half of last season with lingering wrist strain, which was the latest setback he has faced since his standout rookie season in 2018.
“I feel good and I’m here,” Andujar said. “I’m going to let them try to figure out what kind of role I’m going to have.”
Proving he can play in multiple positions, in addition to improving offensively, will be key for Andujar as he battles for a bench role.
“He’s going to get looks everywhere,” said manager Aaron Boone, who plans to face Andujar in the outfield in one of the Yankees’ first two Grapefruit League games. “I think it’s important to keep his versatility in play. … I think it’s important that he keeps that flexibility, for him and for us.
Additional reporting by Dan Martin
New York Post