By Lenn Robbins
From a team standpoint, the coronavirus benefitted the Yankees by allowing Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton to be ready for the start of the 60-game season. From Clint Frazier’s standpoint, it was a disheartening turn of events.
Despite doing every he could to prove he belonged in the Bronx, Frazier was sent down, caught in a numbers game. How about these numbers?
Frazier went 3-for-4 including a home run in Wednesday night’s 6-3 win over the Braves in the Bronx. He’s the first Yankee to post such a debut since Nick Swisher in 2009. Frazier was recalled Tuesday after Stanton (hamstring) was placed on the injured list. He will likely miss 3-4 weeks.
Welcome (back) to the Jungle, Mr. Frazier.
“I wanted to come here and try to make a splash,” said Frazier.
Mission accomplished. His one-game line should be bronzed – .750 average, one home run, one RBI, 2.500 OPS.
“A single, double and homer?” said manager Aaron Boone. “That’s a pretty good return.”
Frazier’s goal is to not return to the team’s alternate site in Moosic, Pa. He knows he could get caught up in a numbers game when Stanton returns. The is to make himself indispensable any way he can.
“I think I’m still trying to find my role because I’m human and I look at a couple of weeks from now and whenever Stanton does come back and where that puts me,” said Frazier, who Yankees acquired in the 2016 trade deadline deal with the Cleveland Indians for Andrew Miller.
“And I think that I at least have time between now and then to possibly establish a role, and I would hope that I make the most of it. That’s really all I’m asking for now is just a chance to go out there and try and do what I love to do and make the most of it whenever I get that chance.