The Yankees bought some extra time to work out their roster crunch Monday, as they decided to option Brandon Drury to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after his 20-day rehab assignment expired.
Drury had been on the MLB disabled list since April 7 because of severe migraines and blurred vision. He had been dealing with these ailments for years, and never told anyone until this season apparently. Drury was 5-for-23 (.217/.333/.391, 99 wRC+) through his first eight games before hitting the DL. On his rehab assignment, he hit .315/.433/.481 in 17 games between Double-A Trenton and the RailRiders. Conveniently, Drury still has two MiLB options left.
It seemed as though Drury’s problems with migraines and vision were improving, but not to the point where the Yankees were comfortable having him occupy a 25-man roster spot. “I don’t think he’s completely well yet,” Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager Bobby Mitchell said to reporters May 1. “He’s just trying to fight his way through it and play.”
In Drury’s absence, Miguel Andújar has taken advantage at third base. In 33 games, the 23-year-old is slashing .282/.296/.458 (99 wRC+) with three home runs and 14 RBIs. The plate discipline has yet to come around, which shows in his on-base percentage. Andújar has struck out at a respectable 20.7% rate, but he has walked just 2.2% (coincidentally, the same percentage at which he hits home runs). Obviously, the recently-graduated No. 6 prospect has some time to figure that out.
It seems the Yankees want to have Drury work more at Triple-A to confirm his migraines, vision problems and the irritated tendon in his neck that caused the former two ailments are properly cared for. The longest Drury is required to stay in the minor leagues would be 10 days, though he can be recalled sooner if there is an injury at the MLB level.