NEW YORK – An upbeat Miguel Andujar reported to Yankee Stadium on Tuesday one day after the New York Yankees third baseman was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a serious shoulder injury.
Seasonal surgery to repair the small labyrinth in Andujar's right shoulder could be an option. So could simply rest and rehab. The latter would get him back on track at some point later this season.
"The plan right now is to do physical therapy for the next couple [weeks]. We'll see where we should be after that," Andujar said through an interpreter. "The good thing is that I feel good, I feel better, and in the whole you must have positive thoughts. It is very important."
Manager Aaron Boone echoes the optimistic feelings.
"We are in the very early stages, so it just has to play out over the next few days and so when he starts to hit again, it becomes clear," Boone said. "Don't try to wonder too much right now when it's a bit of an unknown."
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One of the reasons why both men are encouraged that Andujar is the restoration is the strength of the 24-year-old shoulder. In the 24 hours since an MRI revealed tears, he has already undergone his part of physical activities to test it.
So far he has passed.
"The physical test on my shoulder came back with good results," andujar said. "My strength is there."
"It's encouraging. I'm fine. I feel positive. I feel the first step is the right step that is to do physical therapy and see where we are in a few weeks."
Andujar experienced tears when he returned to the third base while standing near the bag as a base runner in fourth innings of Sunday's loss at home to the Baltimore Orioles. Even after what he called the "weird" first time, he ended the game.
Despite some discomfort, the rest of the evening did not find Andujar he had been seriously injured.
While the Yankees are waiting to find out how Andujar's recovery will develop, they could soon recover two of the other injured stars also on their stacked IL.
Boone said Tuesday that lefty starts CC Sabathia, who recovers offseason knees and heart procedures, is "close" to finish his rehab. Sabathia forged a four-inning, 49-pitch sim game at the team's facility in Tampa, Florida, on Monday.  According to Boone, the veteran has another star to do before coming from IL and reuniting the team. Sometimes shortly thereafter, reliever Dellin Betances (right shoulder shock) should also come from IL. Betances have cast bullpen sessions in Tampa and should soon start meeting live hitters. When that happens, his return will move quickly, Boone said.
Starter Luis Severino (right rotator cuff infection) has not developed as much as the two, the leader added. Severino has not yet started throwing a high. Too late in Tampa he has only worked on long throws from flat land.