WASHINGTON —It seems Clint Frazier goes to get an opportunity.
How lengthy it lasts is the query.
The 23-year-old outfielder arrived in Washington on Monday and was activated for the Yankees’ recreation towards the Nationals Tuesday evening.
The Yankees designated righthanded reliever David Hale for project to make room for Frazier.
All indications are the Yankees’ 4 outfielders — Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks — are wholesome, however with the Yankees about to play two video games with out the designated hitter, elevating Frazier would give supervisor Aaron Boone a righthanded pinch-hitting possibility.
Frazier missed many of the spring and the beginning of the common season due to a concussion suffered Feb. 24. But he’s been on fireplace since being returned from the disabled record May 2, getting into Monday in a 17-for-43 stretch with three homers, three doubles and two triples for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
“Anything that he does at that level’s not going to surprise me because he is an extremely talented, high-ceiling player and obviously with a great deal of motivation to be an impact player,” normal supervisor Brian Cashman mentioned by cellphone Monday. “It’s good to see him playing up to his capabilities.”
Frazier had a powerful big-league debut final July 1 in Houston, doubling in his second profession at-bat and homering in his third. That started a 20-game stretch during which he produced an .860 OPS and confirmed a few of what Cashman described as “legendary bat speed.” But Frazier went right into a 5-for-33 skid earlier than touchdown on the disabled record with a left indirect pressure.
He had a principally quiet end to the 2017 season, however got here into the spring decided to make the Yankees’ choice a tough one relating to their outfield, even with the above-mentioned quartet effectively forward of him on the depth chart.
“I’m here to win a spot,” Frazier mentioned early in camp. “That’s going to be the same answer I give from here on out. In my head, I’m breaking with the team. That’s the goal and that’s the vision I have for myself.”
That objective was short-circuited by the concussion, however one other alternative appears to be within the offing.