The New York Yankees sent infielder Andrew Velazquez back to their Class AAA affiliate in Scranton following Saturday’s win over the New York Mets.
His playing time became limited after shortstop Gleyber Torres and third baseman Gio Urshela returned from injuries. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the decision to move Velazquez was a difficult one as he earned the respect of his teammates and coaches, but the team needed to add some pitching to the roster due to injuries and with the Yankees being in a stretch of 20 games in 20 days.
“He’s been a big part of this now this season, and frankly I expect him to be a big part of it moving forward,” Boone said prior to Sunday’s loss to the Mets.
The Fordham Prep graduate was hitting .234 with four doubles, one triple, one home run and six RBI in 26 games since joining the Yankees on Aug. 9. He had a .246 on-base percentage, four stolen bases and struck out 21 times in 64 at bats.
The 27 year old hit his first major league home run against the Minnesota Twins in a nationally televised game by FOX at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 21.
Known for his defense and speed, Velazquez is hitting .188 and has a fielding percentage of .981, committing only four errors, in 91 games over four major league seasons.
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