Yankees News: Clint Frazier to Play LF After Judge, Stanton Return from Injuries

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 15, 2020

New York Yankees' Clint Frazier takes a lead during the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Baltimore. The Yankees won 6-5 in extra innings.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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Clint Frazier has been playing right field and designated hitter for the New York Yankees while Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have been sidelined with injuries, and he will apparently have the opportunity to play left field when the Bronx Bombers are closer to full strength.

Manager Aaron Boone appeared on MLB Network Radio and said Frazier will play more left field when Judge and Stanton return.

"He's played great. He continues to just grow in every aspect of the game," Boone said of the 26-year-old.

Judge is dealing with a calf injury and hasn't played since Aug. 26 in the only game he has played since Aug. 11.

Stanton is out with a hamstring injury and hasn't played since Aug. 8.

New York has struggled for stretches without its two sluggers. In fact, it was an ugly 5-15 from Aug. 18 through Sept. 8 with two separate losing streaks of seven and five games. It plummeted behind the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East and looked nothing like the World Series contender many expected to see this year.

The Yankees have turned things around and are riding a five-game winning streak, with four of the victories coming against the Baltimore Orioles. At 26-21, the team currently occupies one of the AL's two wild-card berths.

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Frazier, who New York did not call up until Aug. 10, is one reason the team is still alive in the playoff race despite other critical injuries. He is slashing .280/.387/.516 with five home runs and 19 RBI in 28 games while batting mostly cleanup. 

The Georgia native will have the opportunity to continue playing well even when Judge and Stanton return, which figure to make the Yankees all the more dangerous if they reach this year's expanded postseason.