Yankees News: Clint Frazier Activated Monday After Ankle Injury Recovery

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist

New York Yankees' Clint Frazier watches his three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, April 21, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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The New York Yankees should receive a big boost to their lineup with the return of Clint Frazier. The team announced his activation Monday. 

Manager Aaron Boone first revealed Sunday that the outfielder was expected to be activated before Monday's home game against Seattle, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.

Per Coley Harvey of ESPN.com, Stephen Tarpley was optioned to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre on Sunday night, presumably to make room on the 25-man roster.

Frazier has been out with a sprained ankle, which kept him on the injured list retroactive to April 23. He competed in a rehab assignment in Double-A and is healthy enough to rejoin the major league squad.

Prior to the injury, the 24-year-old was off to a red-hot start to the season, hitting .324 with a .975 OPS in his first 18 games. He also had six home runs and 17 RBI, both of which still rank third on the Yankees despite his missed time.

This was a nice surprise after the young player had previously struggled in limited chances at this level. 

In 54 games entering this season, Frazier had hit just .238 with four home runs.

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Still, he continued to perform well in the minors and remained a highly regarded prospect. He finally appeared to put it all together and become an impact player on the field in 2019. 

His return is also key for a Yankees squad that has been devastated by injuries. With Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Bird and others on the IL, Frazier could become a valuable addition in both the outfield and the middle of the lineup for the foreseeable future.

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