Yankees' Aaron Boone Unsure if Clint Frazier Will Ever Play Again amid Vision Issues

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVAugust 16, 2021

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 24: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)  Clint Frazier #77 of the New York Yankees in action against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium on June 24, 2021 in New York City.  The Yankees defeated the Royals 8-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees ended Clint Frazier's rehab assignment on Monday and put him on the 60-day injured list, per Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. He had originally been put on the injured list on July 2 after experiencing dizziness. 

In the aftermath of that decision, manager Aaron Boone was asked if Frazier would be able to play in the future. 

"We'll see. He's been through a lot, seeing a lot of people and a lot of testing. So we'll just try to continue to follow and support him where we can," he told reporters. "As of right now, he's in a little bit of a holding pattern."

Frazier pulled himself ahead of a Sunday rehab game for Double-A Somerset. It would have been his third rehab game. 

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Clint Frazier pulled himself from last night’s game, knowing he was not feeling right. Aaron Boone said that he is glad Frazier had the “courage” to do so.

The source of Frazier's dizziness remains unknown.

Per Kuty, the team "eventually ruled out vertigo as the cause of Frazier's issues, and they said doctors didn't believe they were connected to the concussion he suffered in 2018. Frazier flew to Michigan to do neurological testing and Boone said he believed Frazier might have changed his contact lenses and that he'd been given neck exercises to continue."

Frazier, 26, hit .186 with five homers and 15 RBI in 66 games for the Yankees this season.

He would have returned to a backup role, with newly acquired slugger Joey Gallo and Giancarlo Stanton available in left field, Aaron Judge holding down right field and Brett Gardner currently playing well in center.

At this point, Frazier's season is more than likely finished. Beyond that remains unclear.