Yankees activate Tyler Austin off the 60-day DL, option him to Scranton

Tyler Austin came into Spring Training with a realistic chance to crack his first opening day roster in his career. He was fighting for playing time at first base with Chris Carter and Greg Bird and was in the outfield mix. Before spring games even started, he fouled a ball off of his left foot in batting practice, and an MRI revealed that his foot had been broken.
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Austin was eventually placed on the 60-day disabled list and missed the rest of February, all of March and April, and had recently started playing in rehab games with AAA Scranton. In his eight rehab games with Scranton, he batted .300 with a home run and three RBIs.

It is surprising to many Yankee fans to see Austin assigned to AAA, after the horrendous performance by the Yankees at the first base position so far in 2017. However, Austin did not get to play in a single Spring Training game, and he struck out nine times walked only once, in only 30 at-bats with the AAA ball club. The Yankees are likely being cautious and not bringing him up until they are certain that he will be able to produce to the best of his ability. The combination of Rob Refsynder and Chris Carter playing first base will remain for now, but will likely only last for another week at the most.

When Austin returns, he could also spend some time at third base, as he has experience playing there in his minor league career. 

Article by: Ryan Thoms


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